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All That Remains of the Individual Mandate: 20 Minutes of Paperwork
Breitbart ^ | March 25, 2014 | by JOHN SEXTON

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 "didn’t 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."

Really?

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abortion; aca; deathpanels; democratcare; mandate; nullification; obama; obamacare; zerocare
Why the delay? Elections coming up. The writing is on the wall. Gotta try to head off the coming Republican landslide.
1 posted on 03/25/2014 6:37:06 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
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To: Jim Robinson

Rip it out !


2 posted on 03/25/2014 6:40:05 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Jim Robinson

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.


3 posted on 03/25/2014 6:40:14 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: Jim Robinson

It will never be gone, until the law is repealed. It will just be dormant until the democrats feel electorally safe otherwise.


4 posted on 03/25/2014 6:41:24 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Jim Robinson

Good. Let us see the true nature the voting US Republic. Right? Or, is there state subversion?


5 posted on 03/25/2014 6:53:28 PM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: Jim Robinson
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 [that is a liberal] can claim a hardship exemption and documentation is requested "if possible." In other words, documentation is optional. [conservatives need not apply - you have to abide by the mandate]
6 posted on 03/25/2014 7:15:17 PM PDT by Go Gordon (Barack McGreevey Obama)
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To: Vince Ferrer; Jim Robinson

EXACTLY! NOT a single ember can remain for the Left to fan back to a flame.


7 posted on 03/25/2014 7:44:46 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Diogenesis

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.


8 posted on 03/25/2014 8:17:31 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Jim Robinson
Gotta try to head off the coming Republican landslide.

I believe also the Teaparty landslide,

9 posted on 03/25/2014 8:52:23 PM PDT by TEARUNNER14 (Jersus Christ is an excellent lawyer for me! The devil forgot about that or did he ?)
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To: Jim Robinson
All That Remains of the Individual Mandate: 20 Minutes of Paperwork

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.

10 posted on 03/25/2014 8:53:51 PM PDT by publius911 ( At least Nixon had the good g race to resign!)
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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?


11 posted on 03/25/2014 9:07:58 PM PDT by RC51
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To: RC51

You vill present your papers vhen the authorities demand them. Verstanden? Achtung!


12 posted on 03/25/2014 9:12:14 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: RC51

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...


13 posted on 03/25/2014 9:12:29 PM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: Jim Robinson
R P E A L
14 posted on 03/25/2014 9:34:15 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: TigersEye

NICE!

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!

RMARKABLE!


15 posted on 03/25/2014 9:39:50 PM PDT by Husker8877
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To: Husker8877
I will take credit for that. ;-)

I was thinking it would make a good bumper sticker.

RPEAL 0BAMACARE!

With the 0dumbo logo on it.

16 posted on 03/25/2014 10:19:16 PM PDT by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: RC51; logi_cal869

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.


17 posted on 03/25/2014 10:37:31 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture)
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To: TigersEye

LOLOLOLOLOLOL


18 posted on 03/25/2014 10:37:38 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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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


19 posted on 03/25/2014 11:48:01 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture)
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To: Husker8877

I must be missing something here. Why RPEAL rather than repeal?


20 posted on 03/26/2014 12:14:45 AM PDT by Nateman (If liberals are not screaming you are doing it wrong!)
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To: Nateman

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.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2014/03/10/aretha-franklin-obama-was-tired-when-misspelled-r-e-s-p-e-c-t/


21 posted on 03/26/2014 12:34:31 AM PDT by deks
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To: Jim Robinson

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.


22 posted on 03/26/2014 12:51:54 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Jim Robinson

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?

Buehler?

Buehler?


23 posted on 03/26/2014 2:31:33 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Guns SAVE Lives! www.VCDL.org)
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To: Vince Ferrer

Indeed. Dormant.
And what is in the other 2000 pages of the bill?


24 posted on 03/26/2014 5:36:52 AM PDT by SisterK (behold a pale horse)
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To: steve86

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)


25 posted on 03/26/2014 6:06:49 AM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: Jim Robinson

“any other hardship”

Let’s see... yep, I can fit in under that!


26 posted on 03/26/2014 6:07:32 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: RKBA Democrat

Your political persuasion is pretty easy to determine as well, given demographics, size of family, occupation, charitalbe and political donation history.


27 posted on 03/26/2014 6:09:13 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Nateman

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!


28 posted on 03/26/2014 6:40:46 AM PDT by Husker8877
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To: Husker8877

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.


29 posted on 03/26/2014 6:47:25 AM PDT by nanetteclaret (Unreconstructed "Elderly Kooky Type" Catholic Texan)
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To: Jim Robinson

“...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.


30 posted on 03/26/2014 8:39:15 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: Nateman

RSPECT!

Another one of Bubba Oops misspeaks. Like Corpse instead of corps.
57 states in the US.


31 posted on 03/26/2014 10:00:12 AM PDT by jayrunner
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To: steve86; RC51

I found a blurb by chance on Military.com re how the ‘penalty’ is applied:

http://www.military.com/money/personal-finance/2014/03/21/obamacare-extension-ends-the-tax-penalty-and-you.html

Exceptions, too.


32 posted on 03/26/2014 1:05:21 PM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: Jim Robinson

Ted Cruz was called a saboteur and an anarchist when he filibustered against 0bammy Kare. Looks like Democrats are the real anarechsits


33 posted on 03/26/2014 1:08:21 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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