Sebelius: People Who Don’t Want To Buy Health Insurance Can Pay A “Fine”

October 8th, 2013

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was reamed on the Daily Show. Stewart grilled her on why businesses were exempted from the employer mandate for a year, but individuals were not exempt from the individual mandate:

“So why is it that individuals though couldn’t say they didn’t want to do it just for a year?” Stewart asked again. “Well they can. They pay a fine. They pay a fine at the end of the year, but they don’t have to — they can say, ‘I don’t want to do it. The theory is they can’t pick and choose if they are hit by a bus or diagnosed with an illness,” Sebelius responded.

A fine? I thought it was a tax. Or was it a penalty? No matter. Not even Jon Stewart could *save* Sebelius.