This doesn't happen often enough.
Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) received a handwritten note Thursday from Joint Committee on Taxation Chief of Staff Tom Barthold confirming the penalty for failing to pay the up to $1,900 fee for not buying health insurance.
Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and could face up to a year in jail or a $25,000 penalty, Barthold wrote on JCT letterhead. He signed it "Sincerely, Thomas A. Barthold."
The note was a follow-up to Ensign's questioning at the markup
This was about the mandate in the bill that requires every American to purchase some form of insurance. Remember? This is the tax, that Obama and George argued about.
Now I am requesting just one single liberal to show up and defend this. Go to jail???
Obama argued it!