Washington, D.C. (March 31st, 2014) – Americans are officially out of time, with today being the deadline to sign up for the Affordable Healthcare Act – otherwise known as ‘ObamaCare’. Many Americans have not complied, some simply because they can’t afford health insurance at this point, and others because they oppose the passage and implementation of the law. Regardless of the reason, some are finding out the hard way that the administration is very serious about the laws implementation.
The Affordable Care Act Section 5000A(b)(1) states that “If an applicable individual fails to meet the requirement of subsection (a) for one or more months during any calendar year beginning after 2013, then, except as provided in subsection (d), there is hereby imposed a penalty with respect to the individual in the amount determined under sub-section (c). In circumstances provided in subsection (e), an applicable individual may be subject to arrest for non-compliance. ” It is this portion of the law that has given Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agents the authority to conduct early morning raids in New York, Massachusetts, and California today in order to arrest and detain “applicable individuals.”
Cell phone image taken by concerned citizen of DHS Agent on raid.
Sources from within the administration are saying that the raids are a result of the low enrollment numbers, their purpose being to motivate others who are non-compliant to sign up. One aide, who requested to remain anonymous, said, “ People need to understand that this is a serious law, and there are consequences for breaking the law. Mass disobedience of this legislation is considered a threat to national security, which is why the DHS is conducting the raids.” She went on to say that the raids will continue until the projected enrollment numbers are met, and the fastest way to accomplish that is to encourage your friends and family to sign up right away.
The military-style trucks and armed men in body armor storming houses in their neighborhood startled many citizens in the affected communities. Some DHS agents are meeting pockets of resistance from local militia groups though. “We knew this was coming, and have prepared. If they want a fight, we will give them a fight!” reported one militiaman that only asked to be identified as “Sergeant Three-Percent.”
Information is scarce right now because of DHS confiscation of cameras on site, but White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is expected to field questions from the media about the raids in a press conference later today. For now, the question remains: is this even legal? There is no doubt that lawyers will be challenging these recent events, but as with all legal proceedings it will be a long, drawn out process.