From President Obama's radio interview with Michael Smerconish on August 20:

Choice, competition, reducing costs -- those are the things that I want to see accomplished in this health reform bill.
As much as we give President Obama grief for his misrepresentations and half-truths, we should point out the cases where he's on target. It turns out the Senate's proposed legislation does offer you and me a choice:
Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) received a handwritten note Thursday from Joint Committee on Taxation Chief of Staff Tom Barthold confirming the penalty for failing to pay the up to $1,900 fee for not buying health insurance.

Violators could be charged with a misdemeanor and could face up to a year in jail or a $25,000 penalty, Barthold wrote on JCT letterhead. He signed it "Sincerely, Thomas A. Barthold."

See? It's your choice. (Via QandO)