Skip to comments.All That Remains of the Individual Mandate: 20 Minutes of Paperwork
Posted on 03/25/2014 6:37:06 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
Surprise! The individual mandate has been watered down by the White House to the point that it barely exists at all. That's the conclusion of a piece at Politico which confirms what many conservatives were saying about the mandate two weeks ago.
Titled "Honey, I shrunk the mandate," the piece highlights exemption 14, which was added to the list of possible hardship exemptions in December. It notes that under exemption 14 practically anyone can claim a hardship exemption and documentation is requested "if possible." In other words, documentation is optional.
While the Politico piece accurately frames these exemptions to the mandate as changes needed to "make the politics work" it overlooks the politically salient fact that the White House hid exemption 14 from the public for nearly three months. As I reported back on March 13th, the exemptions page on Healthcare.gov listed only 13 exemptions until the Wall Street Journal story made exemption 14 an issue. Even Brian Beutler at Salon admitted the White House "didnt broadcast the fact that just about anything counts as a hardship."
Incredibly, Politico suggests the real barrier to people using exemption 14 to opt out of the individual mandate is the paperwork. Author Brett Norman writes "According to a decision this month by the administration, you may be able to escape the obligation of the mandate for the rest of the Obama presidency if you can deal with the paperwork." Later in the piece he adds that Brian Haile from Jackson Hewitt believes "the paperwork required to claim the hardship exemption would be all but prohibitive to many people."
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Rip it out !
ObamaCARE/RomneyCARE is not repealed and removed because
BOTH PARTIES want it.
BOTH PARTIES ARE THE SAME. All are EXEMPT.
They want it because it is SHARIA because Moslems
and the EXEMPT are immune to the Murders and Taxes
and fines that are coming from it.
It will never be gone, until the law is repealed. It will just be dormant until the democrats feel electorally safe otherwise.
Good. Let us see the true nature the voting US Republic. Right? Or, is there state subversion?
EXACTLY! NOT a single ember can remain for the Left to fan back to a flame.
Your thinking is too narrow. This is Democratcare. It is the Democrat’s dream and Obama couldn’t pass it without complete Democrat complicity. This is Hillarycare and something Democrats/Progressives have wanted for over a century.
Obama’s gone in three, but Democrats are forever.
I believe also the Teaparty landslide,
I'm just waiting for the enterprising fellow to create the "standard form" to request postponement, and then millions of us who have no intention of ever joining the suicidal "health plan" can submit millions of identical postponement letters.
Count me in.
Honest Question, most people who lack health insurance are poor. Most poor people don’t have an income. People who lack an income don’t have to file taxes....
Therefore how is the individual mandate even enforced if you aren’t required and don’t file taxes?
You vill present your papers vhen the authorities demand them. Verstanden? Achtung!
Poor people file taxes. Are you kidding?
It’s the only way to claim their ‘tax refund’...the ‘free-money’ EIC (earned income tax credit).
(you have no idea how hard it was for me to type that without colorful metaphors)
As far as the ‘mandate’, I’m sure there’s more laws coming out of the Oval Office (hack) to make more exceptions...
Don’t know if you thought of that or picked it up somewhere, but you ought to get that flying around the internet if it’s not already.
What a perfect metaphor for the Obama idiocy and lawlessness, and a perfect rallying cry for conservatives in ONE WORD!
I was thinking it would make a good bumper sticker.
With the 0dumbo logo on it.
logi_cal869 is correct that many poor do file for EITC.
But you must realize that “poor” is effectively defined up to approx. $32,300 for a family of four for Expanded Medicaid eligibility; $15,700 for an individual; $23,500 for a family of four under traditional Medicaid eligibility criteria (all these figures vary slightly by state).
Quite a number of the poor will find their income in the gap between traditional Medicaid eligibility and the lowest subsidized bronze level exchange policy in states that did not expand Medicaid. Some of these will get stuck with a penalty and no coverage. Many others will not get a penalty because no affordable policy exists relative to their income.
Penalties for being uninsured increase dramatically over the first three years:
2014: $95 per adult, $47.50 per child, up to $285 per family or 1 percent of the adjusted household income
2015: $325 per adult, $162.50 per child, up to $975 per family or 2 percent of household income
2016: $695 per adult, $347.50 per child, up to $2,085 per family or 2.5 percent of the household income
2017: Will be adjusted for inflation
I must be missing something here. Why RPEAL rather than repeal?
Aretha Franklin: Obama was ‘tired’ when he misspelled ‘R-E-S-P-E-C-T’
At a White House tribute to the “Women of Soul” last Thursday, Obama dropped the initial “E’’ when trying to spell out “respect” as the queen of soul does in her famous song. He was spelling out the word as part of Franklin’s introduction.
I wish I could agree 100% with the author, but I don’t. The IM is not dead—merely delayed by fiat. The IM is codified...which means at any moment in time (say, enough fraud in the next election to give Demon Rats a majority in both houses of Congress?) the IM could be IMMEDIATELY reinstituted.
All that is being demonstrated, as I’m sure we all know, is that Obama and his minions are ignoring the law until it is convenient for them...THEN they will enforce it to their benefit.
This is actually a fairly machiavellian ploy. By asking for an exemption you provide who, the IRS? the ability to grant or DENY the exemption. Lessee. I wonder what the political views of those who are DENIED an exemption will be? Any guesses?
And what is in the other 2000 pages of the bill?
I was being snarky last night; the EITC concept boils my blood.
Spot-on with that. The really rotten aspect is that no method is yet published to ‘budget’ for Obamacare for the young n healthy...aka working poor and students. The calculators haven’t been published yet. Nor has the methodology for determining the ‘subsidy’...which, ironically, also results in the ‘penalty’ for those with too much coverage.
I will have quite a bit to write about that one when I find out, as my new career requires me to file estimated quarterly taxes and am on my wife’s health coverage...(private sector healthcare, fwiw)
“any other hardship”
Let’s see... yep, I can fit in under that!
Your political persuasion is pretty easy to determine as well, given demographics, size of family, occupation, charitalbe and political donation history.
Obama recently misspelling one of the most impossible words to misspell—Aretha’s iconic song “Respect”. Spelled it “R-S-P-E-C-T” as he introduced her at some celebrity function. Had Quayle or Bush done that, they’d have destroyed him!!
Just a silly, fun way to remind everyone what an immense f@ck-up this guy and his administration have been!
Which just goes to show that he didn’t grow up here, because if he had, he would have been singing the song in his head. If he was truly born in 1961, he would have been about 6 or 7 when it came out (and was on every AM car radio). Kids at that age memorize songs after hearing them only 1 or 2 times. If he did grow up here, he must have been living under a rock not to know that song.
“...Gotta try to head off the coming Republican landslide....”
Let’s pray it’s a Conservative/Tea Party Republican landslide, and NOT a RINO stampede.
Another one of Bubba Oops misspeaks. Like Corpse instead of corps.
57 states in the US.
I found a blurb by chance on Military.com re how the ‘penalty’ is applied:
Ted Cruz was called a saboteur and an anarchist when he filibustered against 0bammy Kare. Looks like Democrats are the real anarechsits