Questions on the Legality of the Health Care Tax Law

July 10, 2012 by  Filed under: Taxes 

Recently, there have been several controversies about the legality of the Health Care Law and many Americans are confused as to whether the law was actually constitutionally passed or whether there was a flaw in the way it was passed. What are the basics of how federal laws are passed? Is the Health Care Law, indeed, constitutional and was it was correctly passed?

How Federal Laws Get Passed

For a bill to become public law, a motion or bill needs to be introduced either into the House of Representatives or in the Senate. The bill is either sponsored by an individual member of the two law making houses or it may be co-sponsored by several members. Once introduced, it is handed over to a committee that gets further details and information on the bill and eventually votes before returning the bill to the house where it was introduced. The bill is then debated on and finally, a vote is taken and if the bill passes by a majority vote, it is forwarded to the alternative law making entity – The Senate bill to the House of Representatives and vice versa. The other house debates and may make adjustments to the bill. A vote is then taken and if the majority pass it, it is adopted by the house. If the two bills are different due to amendments, then one of the houses must accept the version of the other house. Once there is a consensus on the law to be passed, the bill is sent to the president for signing. The president can either veto or accept the bill. If he or she signs the bill, the bill becomes public law.

The Passing of the Health Care law

For the Health Care law, all these stages and procedures were fulfilled:

  • Introduction – The Health care bill was introduced into the House of Representatives on September 17, 2009 and was sponsored by Rep. Charles B Rangel (Democrat -New York). The bill was forwarded to the committee in charge and the committee returned the bill to the house for debating and voting.
  • Passing of Bill by House of Representatives – Upon debating, the bill was passed in the House of Representatives by a majority of 243-173.
  • Receipt by Senate – The bill was then forwarded to the senate on October 8th, 2009 and after the committal stage and debates, the Senate made several adjustments to the bill.
  • Passing of Bill by Senate – The amended bill was then passed in the Senate with a majority vote of 60-39
  • House Adopts Senate Amendments – After consultation, the House of Representatives adopted the Senates adjustments of the Heath Care bill on March 21, 2010.
  • The President Signs Bill into Public Law – On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Health Care bill into public law

Rob L Daniel and partners of Limon Whitaker & Morgan, for years have helped businesses and individuals Nationwide, with their delinquent IRS & State tax problems. The firm is based in Los Angeles, California USA. / Tel:888.321.6188

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