Man Fined for Not Having Health Insurance, Files Suit
Sherry Mowery, My Cowboy suffers no longer... 2010/08/11 14:44:56
Michael Merlina was fed up, frustrated and seemingly out of options when he walked into Middlesex Superior Court last week and plunked down $275 for court fees.
With help from a few clerks, Merlina became his own lawyer and filed a lawsuit against the Massachusetts Health Insurance Connector Authority.
The 29-year-old North Reading glazier is fighting the $2,000 state fine for not having health insurance. In 2009, the first year penalties were in place, Merlina paid a $400 fine for him his wife.
This time, he balked.
“It makes no sense to me,” Merlina told The Pulse. “I’m a hard-working, tax-paying guy who can’t afford $800 a month for health insurance, or the $2,000 penalty for not having it, and nobody seems to get this.”
Here in Massachusetts, which requires all residents to have health insurance, some working stiffs like Merlina fall through the cracks.
He’s not one of the 184,000 Massachusetts residents poor enough to qualify for the state’s mostly free health care. Nor is he lucky enough to work for a company that provides insurance.
Merlina installs windows and shower doors at his family’s glass business, which doesn’t offer health insurance to its seven employees. His grandparents and aunts have their health insurance through spouses, but that’s not an option for Merlina, whose wife has been out of work for six months.
“She’s looking, but there’s just not a lot out there,” he said.
He called the Connector when mandatory health insurance went in effect - looking for help finding an affordable plan.
Merlina said the best plan, for two people in their late 20s, would have cost him $800 a month, out of his reach.
Take it all the way to the Supreme Court. I'm sure there's alot of lawyers out there waiting to help you out. We need to get this settled right now, before more Americans are hit with big fines. Liberals are trying to take every dollar they can from the American people. It's called the biggest transfer of wealth in world history, Distribution of our Wealth, by the Communist Party, USA, headed by BO and company.
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