It is true that the healthcare bill passed by the House authorizes U.S. Attorneys to seek jail terms for those who refuse to acquire, receive, or purchase health care. The bill authorizes the IRS to add to the tax bill of anyone so refusing a 2.5% surcharge on that person's taxes. Whoever refuses to pay the surcharge could be indicted for tax evasion, and if convicted, be sentenced to five years in federal prison. That incarceration would cost the feds about $50,000 a year; far more than any health care insurance package.