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U.S. debtors prisons return - jailing those that can't pay

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nageov3t

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Except that violation is only punishable by fine, not imprisonment. Those with income below some arbitrary threshold will also not be subjected to the mandate and will continue getting everything for free. As usual, the people who make just above that threshold will be getting screwed from both ends.
somehow, I don't predict the fine staying just as a simple fine, though, once people realize it's cheaper to pay the fine than buy insurance.
 

PingSpike

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I never understood what was inherently wrong about debtors prisons in general.
Well, they're kind of pointless. The guy has no money and can't pay his bills? I'll put him in jail and pay for his food and housing, that fixes it. Its basically throwing good money after bad.
 
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