From The Blaze:
In a little-noticed regulation last week, the Obama administration suspended for millions of Americans the so-called individual mandate requiring them to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty.
White House Delays Individual Mandate for Millions of American Until After the Midterms and the President Is Out of Office
President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at Andrews Air Force Base. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
The delay will be good until at least 2016.
This means that the individual mandate, the “core of the Affordable Care Act,” as the Wall Street Journal termed it, will be put off for millions of American until well after this year’s midterm elections and until President Barack Obama is out of office.
Senior officials didn’t officially announce or explain the extension. Instead, it was obscured in a separate delay announced last week that will allow consumers with plans that are non-compliant with Obamacare to keep them until at least 2016.
The bulletin announcing the two-year grace period for non-compliant plans included a passage explaining that a rule in a separate December 2013 bulletin would be extended by two more years, the Journal reported. The casually mentioned two-year extension was the rule that would allow millions of Americans with canceled policies to basically opt out of the mandate altogether.
The Department of Health and Human Services in 2013 ruled that a “hardship exemption” could be made for certain Americans who had their policies canceled by Obamacare. The exemption was designed to give people with canceled policies a special type of coverage designed for people under 30 let them temporarily opt out of the individual mandate.
Most importantly, the “hardship exemption” was supposed to be reserved for the truly deserving, such as abused women, the evicted and people going through bankruptcy.
However, after the botched rollout of the Obamacare website, HHS decided to take the “hardship exemption” a step further.
For many Americans, all you have to do now is sign a form claiming your plan was canceled and that you “believe that the plan options available in the [Obamacare] Marketplace in your area are more expensive than your canceled health insurance policy” or “you consider other available policies unaffordable,” HHS said in a 2013 bulletin.
It’s unclear what tests or rules are in place to ensure that people are telling the truth, but the Journal reported Americans would likely at least have to provide HHS with proof of a canceled policy… Read more.