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Millions May Be Exempted From O-Care Penalty

From Fox News:

ObamaCare Band-Aid? Millions potentially exempted from individual mandate through 2016

March 12, 2014

The Obama administration is throwing another Band-Aid at the millions of people wounded by the Affordable Care Act when they were booted from their existing health coverage. The latest change, quietly announced last week, allows many of them to skirt the law’s "individual mandate" through 2016.

The change was included in last week’s announcement that the government would let people keep otherwise out-of-compliance health plans for another two years. Buried in the official memo was a line giving people whose policies were canceled a "hardship exemption" through October 2016.

What that means is many of those who were dropped from their plans last year will not be required to pay a fine for failing to buy new insurance… People have been told for months that March 31 is the deadline to buy insurance or face a penalty, but an untold number will now have three years to comply…

An official with the Department of Health and Human Services told FoxNews.com that "we want consumers to have as many options as possible" and that the "transitional policy" will let them keep the coverage they have "if they would like to do so."

An agency later issue this statement: “This is a common sense clarification of the law that we made clear last December. For the limited number of consumers whose plans have been cancelled and are seeking coverage, this is one more option." …

As for those being allowed to avoid the mandate fine, the official guidance says it will apply to those who lost their coverage and "believe other Marketplace plans are unaffordable." It will also let them apply for bare-bones "catastrophic coverage" if they submit documentation showing their health plan was canceled…

This is more on the latest changes to Obama-Care that the WSJ reported in their editorial (sic) yesterday. Which, as far as we know, no other mainstream media outlet has picked this up. Not a one.

Even though this is huge news, because it could gut the most important part of Obama-Care — the individual mandate. Which is supposed to fund the whole thing.

But this Fox News article leaves out the second part of the changes that the WSJ reported. Which is a change that would seem to allow anyone to claim a hardship waiver, because it no longer requires any kind of proof of hardship.

That is, you don’t have to have had your policy cancelled. You don’t have to be poor. All you just have to do is claim that buying Obama-Care would be a hardship, and you get your penalty waived for the next two years.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, March 13th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Millions May Be Exempted From O-Care Penalty”

  1. dasher says:

    It was never meant to work. It was to get elected, it was to encourage dependency, and ultimately, it was to lead to a single-payer system of government-sponsored healthcare. Hillary will finally get her healthcare wish IF she is elected president in 2016.


  2. GetBackJack says:

    But not you .. you’re gonna be chased down and forcibly signed up, or else ..

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