The only one being intellectually dishonest here is you. Talk to all those Americans who received those "your policy is being canceled" letters from their insurance companies. Insurance companies don't "re-offer" policies with changes, it is too complicated to add riders, etc. If you the consumer want to change your policy, you get a whole new policy. Obamacare led to the insurance companies doing it first. So actually, they did "just go 'poof'"......
Thankfully we now have a Federal law requiring ALL citizens to carry insurance or face a fine, and insurance is available to them at affordable costs regardless of income.
Not to mention, you’re being intellectually dishonest. Most of those lost policies were re-offered with the necessary changes to meet compliance. They didn’t just go “poof”.
Please take a look at the chart on this link and find the 113th congress. It mostly looks like they’re taking a nap when the country needs them to be doing their job.
Oh, and by the way, that fine is pretty much unenforceable. The IRS (by provisions in Obamacare itself) cannot garnish wages, they cannot put a lien against property. The only way they MIGHT be able to get the fine from you is to withhold the amount from your refund - assuming you're getting one. Otherwise, the government is depending on the average citizen's terror of the IRS and their subsequent compliance if they get a letter saying "pay or else" - hoping that Joe Public doesn't know the "else" is toothless.
And as for your chart on the 106th Congress - Take it up with Harry Reid. The House has passed 209 bills that he will not allow onto the Senate floor for debate.
"In January, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) suggested the Senate was out of touch with Americans, and did not differentiate between the two parties.
“[Senators] tend to see themselves as a House of Lords and they don’t seem to understand that those of us that go out there every two years stay in touch with the American people,”
Earlier this month in an MSNBC interview, House Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (Conn.) said,“There’s a host of things that we’ve passed already, and there needs to be action in the Senate, and people are tired of it,” adding that he was “glad the president cited the House” for making more progress than the Senate in his State of the Union address.
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