Lose Your Passport to Obamacare? MAP-21

  • Posted July 4, 2012

Can you really lose your passport to Obamacare? The Federal government in the United States is growing at an alarming rate. For many who see the writing on the wall, the answer is to get out of dodge. But what if you aren’t allowed to leave?

[UPDATED at bottom] Here we are, Independence Day 2012. Yet, while celebrating the Day of Independence, we need to be mindful of the fickleness of LIBERTY. In fact, many liberties are lost everyday through little noted ‘bills’ in Congress, as well as through Executive Orders that aren’t worthy of your nightly news. An argument can even be made that less than a week ago, America actually died! Is that a little extreme? Well, please read on and decide for yourself. On this Day of Independence, let’s explore a very real scenario in which your own independence is restricted and you can lose your passport to Obamacare.


If there were any doubts that the government in the United States is compromised, they were wiped out on June 28 2012. We saw with the Supreme Court ruling on the ‘Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,’ that the Judicial Branch has taken it upon themselves to not only interpret law, but to actually write the law.

It has become known, even to disinterested people, that the government can longer be relied upon to provide the proper checks and balances we should expect from them. This merging of executive, judicial, and legislative branches spells TYRANNY.

With the latest Supreme Court ruling concerning Obamacare, the precedent has been set that the government can FORCE you to PURCHASE or NOT PURCHASE anything they demand. Or as Justice Turncoat….er…… Justice Roberts wrote,

“The federal government may enact a tax on an activity that it cannot authorize, forbid or otherwise control.”

By categorizing the penalty for non-compliance as a ‘tax,’ their powers are virtually limitless. Further, the ruling lays the blueprint in which future legislation can follow so that the government can have even more control over you. But what does this have to do with your passport and right to freely travel?


Well, in March 2012, the Senate passed a highway bill S. 1813 called MAP-21. That would be the ‘Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act.’ Here, we see one of their code words, ‘Progress.’ And what is progress? Progress is giving the non-judicial IRS the ability to revoke your passport. Yes, this ‘highway transportation bill’ removes your due process!

Here is the passport section of the bill. Keep in mind it is only 5 pages of the 1675 page monstrosity! The whole section is included so as not to be taken out of context. Our article continues after…

(starting on page 1447)

(a) IN GENERAL.—Subchapter D of chapter 75 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

-(a) IN GENERAL.—If the Secretary receives certification by the Commissioner of Internal Revenue that any individual has a seriously delinquent tax debt in an amount in excess of $50,000, the Secretary shall transmit such certification to the Secretary of State for action with respect to denial, revocation, or limitation of a passport pursuant to section 4 of the Act entitled ‘An Act to regulate the issue and validity of passports, and for other purposes’, approved July 3, 1926 (22 U.S.C. 211a et seq.), commonly known as the ‘Passport Act of 1926’.
-(b) SERIOUSLY DELINQUENT TAX DEBT.—For purposes of this section, the term ‘seriously delinquent tax debt’ means an outstanding debt under this title for which a notice of lien has been filed in public records pursuant to section 6323 or a notice of levy has been filed pursuant to section 6331, except that such term does not include—
—(1) a debt that is being paid in a timely manner pursuant to an agreement under section 6159 or 7122, and
—(2) a debt with respect to which collection is suspended because a collection due process hearing under section 6330, or relief under subsection (b), (c), or (f) of section 6015, is requested or pending.
-(c) ADJUSTMENT FOR INFLATION.—In the case of a calendar year beginning after 2012, the dollar amount in subsection (a) shall be increased by an amount equal to—
—(1) such dollar amount, multiplied by
—(2) the cost-of-living adjustment determined under section 1(f)
—(3) for the calendar year, determined by substituting ‘calendar year 2011’ for ‘calendar year 1992’ in subparagraph (B) thereof. If any amount as adjusted under the preceding sentence is not a multiple of $1,000, such amount shall be rounded to the next highest multiple of $1,000.’’.
-(b) CLERICAL AMENDMENT.—The table of sections for subchapter D of chapter 75 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new item:
‘‘Sec. 7345. Revocation or denial of passport in case of certain tax delinquencies.’’.

—(1) IN GENERAL.—Subsection (l) of section 6103 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
-(A) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary shall, upon receiving a certification described in section 7345, disclose to the Secretary of State return information with respect to a taxpayer who has a seriously delinquent tax debt described in such section. Such return information shall be limited to—
—(i) the taxpayer identity information with respect to such taxpayer, and
—(ii) the amount of such seriously delinquent tax debt.
-(B) RESTRICTION ON DISCLOSURE.—Return information disclosed under subparagraph (A) may be used by officers and employees of the Department of State for the purposes of, and to the extent necessary in, carrying out the requirements of section 4 of the Act entitled ‘An Act to regulate the issue and validity of passports, and for other purposes’, approved July 3, 1926 (22 U.S.C. 211a et seq.), commonly known as the ‘Passport Act of 1926’.’’.
-(2) CONFORMING AMENDMENT.—Paragraph (4) of section 6103(p) of such Code is amended by striking ‘‘or (22)’’ each place it appears in subparagraph (F)(ii) and in the matter preceding subparagraph (A) and inserting ‘‘(22), or (23)’’.
-(d) REVOCATION AUTHORIZATION.—The Act entitled ‘‘An Act to regulate the issue and validity of passports, and for other purposes’’, approved July 3, 1926 (22 U.S.C. 211a et seq.), commonly known as the ‘‘Passport Act of 1926’’, is amended by adding at the end the following:

—(1) ISSUANCE.—Except as provided under subsection (b), upon receiving a certification described in section 7345 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 from the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of State may not issue a passport or passport card to any individual who has a seriously delinquent tax debt described in such section.
—(2) REVOCATION.—The Secretary of State shall revoke a passport or passport card previously issued to any individual described in subparagraph (A).
—(1) EMERGENCY AND HUMANITARIAN SITUATIONS.—Notwithstanding subsection (a), the Secretary of State may issue a passport or passport card, in emergency circumstances or for humanitarian reasons, to an individual described in sub-section (a)(1).
—(2) LIMITATION FOR RETURN TO UNITED STATES.—Notwithstanding subsection (a)(2), the Secretary of State, before revocation, may—
—-(A) limit a previously issued passport or passport card only for return travel to the United States; or
—-(B) issue a limited passport or passport card that only permits return travel to the United States.’’.
-(e) EFFECTIVE DATE.—The amendments made by this section shall take effect on January 1, 2013.

How do you feel about your travel rights being restricted without a formal hearing? Innocent until proven guilty will become a past time. Sure, proponents will point to the issue of delinquents being a flight risk. Understandable, but what about the probablility of misuse of this statute? To say that the government won’t harass specific individuals they do not like would be very naive. There is nothing to stop an IRS agent from flagging you with a lien to stop travel, even if the lien turns out to be false.

To be clear, Procinctu does NOT encourage tax evasion. But this bill does not concern tax evasion. The IRS can move to suspend or revoke your passport on pure suspicion of tax delinquency before you even have a trial. Check the article Tax Liens Means IRS Thinks You Owe to learn how arbitrary the process can be. With the increased taxation powers given by last week’s Supreme Court ruling, Congress can expand this far beyond only health insurance. It is a very real possibility that you could lose your passport to Obamacare.

What we are left with is a very slippery slope. We all know government expands much more easily than it contracts. Once measures are in place, they are much more likely to morph into an unimaginable creature than they are to be ‘repealed or replaced.’ So with these new powers, we need to ask ourselves some questions to better prepare for what comes next.


Under the current rules for Obamacare, the penalty for non-compliance will be 2.5% of income by 2016. Using the masters degree in mathematics earned at Commonsense University, that means that one would have to have an income of $2 million dollars to have a penalty of $50,000. So anybody making over $2 million dollars that chooses to not pay the ‘tax’ and pay out of pocket for their health would breach the threshold for passport revocation under MAP-21.

OK, I know most of you are thinking ‘That doesn’t bother me! I’m not earning that much money anyway!” Well, that’s the wrong approach because you are not thinking of the slippery slope that government provides. What if the $50,000 determination changes? What if, in the future, a tax delinquency of $25,000 or $5,000 gets your passport suspended from the IRS? What if inflation of hyperinflation occurs and $50,000 in 2016 equals $5,000 here in 2012?


Excuse the ramble, but it also needs to be addressed that the MAP-21 is not only of concern for passport issues. Nope, it also requires a BLACK BOX to be included in all new vehicles starting in 2015! What will this Black Box be used for? Will it keep a record of your travels? Will it monitor where you go? Will the police be able to pick up signals from it?

Oh, but we can get around that, right? We will just use old vehicles and not buy new ones… Nah, they’ll probably use emission controls to make older vehicles obsolete. You see, the elitists’ Agenda 21 dream is not that hard to implement with a compliant populace.


As it turns out, those crazy ‘black helicopter’ conspiracy theorists weren’t too far off. They only got the color and craft wrong. Instead, we have ‘white drones’ tracking us. So is this whole article some kind of crazy conspiracy theory? Would a government actually restrict travel to people? Would a government jail certain persons? Would a government exterminate certain persons? We have seen examples of all of this in just the last century. Yeah, yeah, I know, it couldn’t happen here, right? Well, it is happening here, to what degree is up to you.

As we sit now, we can enjoy the fireworks exploding nearby (this is literally being written as fireworks burst), but we need to understand that the America we once knew is no more. This New America will let you lose your passport for choosing not to purchase a product. True, we are still more than a year away from implementation of the Obamacare mandate and the MAP-21 bill has yet to pass the House. But this article is meant to warn you of what is rapidly appoaching if you don’t take action now. Whether your action is to see that MAP-21 is defeated, or if it is to take steps in securing another passport elsewhere. You don’t want to be caught flat-footed when these things take effect.

PPACA, MAP-21, SOPA & PIPA, ACTA, CISPA, ……the barrage of ‘bills’ is endless.

If this all sounds like some crazy Orwellian nightmare, that’s because it is. Only difference is that you can awaken from a nightmare. This is real and we are awake, well, at least some of us are awake. Don’t lose your passport to Obamacare.


On July 6, 2012, H.R. 4348: MAP-21 was signed into law. Luckily, H.R. 4348 is  NOT  S. 1813.

S. 1813 was sponsored by California Senator Barbara Boxer. The notable issue with the ‘highway’ bill she introduced was the clause concerning ‘passport revocation.’ Though it passed the Senate March 14, 2012, her liberty infringing bill could NOT muster support in the House. It has since died.

H.R. 4348 was a competing bill from the House sponsored by Florida Representative John Mica. In the ‘highway’ bill he introduced, there was NO mention of ‘passport  revocation. However, under further scrutiny BOTH Boxer’s S.1813 and Mica’s HR4348 contain the ‘data recording’ device in commercial vehicles. Though this author wears many hats, a lawyer is not one of them. If the 710,000 plus words were incorrectly translated, please let us know.

Though we have partly dodged a bullet on this go-around (at least pertaining to MAP-21), the stark reality remains that there is a contingent of sychophants who aim to impose a police state on us. Luckily, there are some in government who keep the evil ones in check…..for now. But this vanilla liberty we become more accustomed to will lull is into complacency. We must continue to remain vigilant because Barbara “could you say Senator instead of ma’am” Boxah (she’s from Brooklyn) and her ilk will no doubt try again. A black box should not be on your motor vehicle, nor should it be on any commercial vehicle. Pandora’s box of problems await.