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Blue States Enacting Individual Mandate Laws Requiring Purchase of Health Insurance

The failure of Obamacare, I think, rests solely on the shoulders of Democrats. They created the program. They pushed it through. They made this legislation happen, and they need to own the failure of it. – Sarah Huckabee Sanders

FoxNews.com reports that

Last year’s sweeping Republican tax bill killed the federal tax penalty for individuals who refuse to get health insurance as mandated under ObamaCare. 
 
But as that penalty disappears for Americans in January, a growing number of liberal states are moving to enact their own individual mandates requiring residents to purchase health insurance – a last-ditch effort to preserve a critical part of former President Barack Obama’s 2010 health care law.

Since Republicans passed the tax bill in December, New Jersey, Vermont and Washington, D.C., have passed laws enacting an individual mandate, joining Massachusetts, which famously enacted an individual mandate while Mitt Romney was governor in 2006.

 Conservatives are railing against the moves.

“Just when you think the move for government control of health care couldn’t get any worse, somehow it manages to,” Christopher Jacobs, a conservative health policy expert, said when the D.C. Council passed its individual mandate requirement in June.

Under Obama’s health care law, the individual mandate required most people to have health insurance meeting specific standards. The law imposed tax penalties for violations.

But under last year’s final tax-reform bill, people no longer face a penalty for noncompliance as of January 2019.

“We eliminated the individual mandate that said that people had to buy government-approved insurance,” Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., told Fox News in a recent interview. “In a sense, it blew a big hole in ObamaCare.”

The idea behind the mandate was to make sure young and healthy customers are buying into the system, to offset the cost of taking on more sick and elderly customers. The looming rollback has triggered warnings of more disruptions to the market. 

 

…The D.C. Council in June passed its own individual mandate, which would require city residents to have health insurance coverage.

“Establishing an individual mandate here in the city will ensure that people will continue to have insurance,” D.C. Council member Vincent Gray said.

It comes as Democrats are embracing protecting ObamaCare – specifically the requirement to provide coverage to people with pre-existing conditions — as an issue in the 2018 elections. Democratic leaders are also signaling that they will use it an issue in the upcoming battle over President Trump’s next Supreme Court nominee, though Republicans blame the law for rising premiums. 

Right. Democrats care so much about people that they are taking their freedom of choice away as to whether they will purchase health insurance or not.

Do the Liberals up in the Northeast not remember how Americans reacted to the Individual Mandate when that first tax season rolled around?

To the Wayback Machine, Sherman!

From The New York Times, originally posted on February 1, 2015…

Obama administration officials and other supporters of the Affordable Care Act say they worry that the tax-filing season will generate new anger as uninsured consumers learn that they must pay tax penalties and as many people struggle with complex forms needed to justify tax credits they received in 2014 to pay for health insurance.

The White House has already granted some exemptions and is considering more to avoid a political firestorm.

Mark J. Mazur, the assistant Treasury secretary for tax policy, said up to six million taxpayers would have to “pay a fee this year because they made a choice not to obtain health care coverage that they could have afforded.”

But Christine Speidel, a tax lawyer at Vermont Legal Aid, said: “A lot of people do not feel that health insurance plans in the marketplace were affordable to them, even with subsidies. Some went without coverage and will therefore be subject to penalties.”

The penalties, approaching 1 percent of income for some households, are supposed to be paid with income taxes due April 15. In addition, officials said, many people with subsidized coverage purchased through the new public insurance exchanges will need to repay some of the subsidies because they received more than they were entitled to.

More than 6.5 million people had insurance through the exchanges at some point last year, and 85 percent of them qualified for financial assistance, in the form of tax credits, to lower their premiums. Most people chose to have the subsidies paid in advance, based on projected income for 2014. If their actual income was higher — because they got a raise or found a new job — they will be entitled to a smaller subsidy and must repay the difference, subject to certain limits.

Little did they know what an unmitigated disaster Obamacare would turn out to be.

I can testify to the truth of the above statement.

I was one of those Americans who was penalized. From April through September of 2014, I was unemployed, due to having been laid off, because my employer did not have the money to pay me.

I attempted to get health insurance, first through my wife’s employer, which would have cost us $350 a month, which we could not afford.

Next, I went to healthcare.gov, and I went through the myriad of pages therein, seeking insurance rates. Guess what? Because my wife had a job, I was not eligible for Free Obamacare. Since it was all we could do at that time to tread water and to keep a roof over our heads, I could not afford the $450 per month for the policy which was available to me under State-run Healthcare.

Just as Liberals remain in a delusional state of denial over the legitimacy of the Trump Presidency, so they are about the failure of Obamacare.

Hence, the imposing of Individual Mandates in the “Blue States up North”.

Just like the mascot of their chosen political party, Liberal Democrats are stubborn and slow to learn.

You would think that the Far Left Democratic Party would have learned their lesson about attempting to force Americans to “buy” something that they did not want after their national embarrassment on the night of November 8, 2016.

And, as far as their political strategy to push Obamacare’s virtues in order to win the 2018 Mid-Term Elections…

Isn’t the definition of “stupidity” trying the same thing over and over again but  expecting a different result?

Until He Comes,

KJ

 

 

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