No health insurance? So what happens if you *don’t* pay the tax / fine?

Let’s say you’re in the same boat as my partner and me.  We live in the US.  We have no health insurance.  We couldn’t afford health insurance.  Affordable group plans are not available to us (we’re self-employed).  We couldn’t afford (and frankly, don’t need or want) the lowest-tier “bronze”-level insurance plan.  We don’t qualify for … More No health insurance? So what happens if you *don’t* pay the tax / fine?

(Belated) reflections on the year 2015: last year in review

Since Mercury is retrograde and all that, I’m playing catch-up, and I’m painfully aware that is there a lot of catch-up to play. This post is fashionably embarrassingly late, but hey–better late than never, and stuff. Last year was kind of a continuation of 2014, in some ways.  And in other ways, it wasn’t. I … More (Belated) reflections on the year 2015: last year in review

Queen for a day

Recently, on a large social networking site, friend posted the question, “what would you do if you were President?” As usual, a laundry list poured forth into my mind.  Here’s by no means a complete list… #1 – Truth In Advertising First and foremost, let’s agree to say what we mean, mean what we say, … More Queen for a day

O’Bummer, Jobs, Healthcare, and You

It’s official: the US Chamber of Commerce issued a warning that small businesses are capping (stopping) their hiring before they get to 50 employees. Why, you ask? Because if their payroll reaches 50 employees, the company suddenly faces a $3,000 penalty per year, per employee if they don’t provide insurance coverage (the cost of which, … More O’Bummer, Jobs, Healthcare, and You