"Federal law says you CAN opt out of Obamacare and CAN NOT be penalized if you do"
"42 USC § 18115:
No individual, company, business, nonprofit entity, or health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall be required to participate in any Federal health insurance program created under this Act(or any amendments made by this Act), or in any Federal health insurance program expanded by this Act (or any such amendments), and there shall be no penalty or fine imposed upon any such issuer for choosing not to participate in such programs.
In other words, what we've been told about Obamacare -- that every adult American must enroll in a healthcare plan or pay a penalty -- is simply not true.
None other than Democrat Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz(Florida) has confirmed this at an April 5, 2010, town hall meeting in Fort Lauderdale,
42 USC § 18115 directly contradicts another federal law, the IRS's 26 USC § 5000A: Requirement to Maintain Minimum Essential Coverage, which says:
An applicable individual shall for each month beginning after 2013 ensure that the individual, and any dependent of the individual who is an applicable individual, is covered under minimum essential coverage for such month.
26 USC § 5000A further states that if "an applicable individual" doesn't obtain "minimum essential [health] coverage," he or she "shall be liable" to pay a monthly "penalty" in either a flat dollar amount or as a percentage of one's income (see here).
That's how the deceitful federal government gets around 42 USC § 18115′s prohibition against penalizing Americans for not obtaining healthcare coverage -- by calling it a "tax" and siccing the IRS on us.
There is enough contradiction between two federal laws -- 42 USC § 18115 vs. 26 USC § 5000A -- to keep an army of lawyers busy and tie up the courts in litigation and appeals for years."