BTW, Obama has basically repealed the ACA already

BTW, Obama has basically repealed the ACA already

[Ed. – Interesting argument: per a revision to the implementing regulations last week, your problems signing up for health insurance exempt you from the Obamacare tax — er, shared responsibility fee — through 2016.]

In a very quiet regulatory shift issued just last week, the individual mandate tax “hardship” exemption was expanded to include pretty much anyone willing to “attest” that they’ve experienced some sort of trouble obtaining insurance.  Behold, the hated individual mandate tax dying a quiet death in a stack of unheralded regulations (via the WSJ):

In 2013, HHS decided that ObamaCare’s wave of policy terminations qualified as a “hardship” that entitled people to a special type of coverage designed for people under age 30 or a mandate exemption. HHS originally defined and reserved hardship exemptions for the truly down and out such as battered women, the evicted and bankrupts. But amid the post-rollout political backlash, last week the agency created a new category: Now all you need to do is fill out a form attesting that your plan was cancelled and that you “believe that the plan options available in the [ObamaCare] Marketplace in your area are more expensive than your cancelled health insurance policy” or “you consider other available policies unaffordable.” This lax standard—no formula or hard test beyond a person’s belief—at least ostensibly requires proof such as an insurer termination notice. But people can also qualify for hardships for the unspecified nonreason that “you experienced another hardship in obtaining health insurance,” which only requires “documentation if possible.” And yet another waiver is available to those who say they are merely unable to afford coverage, regardless of their prior insurance. In a word, these shifting legal benchmarks offer an exemption to everyone who conceivably wants one.

That’s exactly right.  This change could easily apply to the entire uninsured population — the vast majority of whom haven’t signed up for Obamacare coverage, with most citing lack of affordability as the top reason.  …

So the mandate tax has, in effect, been regulated out of existence until 2016.  Allahpundit declares the mandate tax “dead,” slayed [sic] at the hands of a president who is systematically and single-handedly uprooting his own signature accomplishment…

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