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It seems like every day that passes, there is a new change or exemption to the Obamacare individual mandate. Just last week, Obama delayed the enforcement of the mandate until 2017. As everything that this administration does, it’s always politics as usual. They’ll do whatever they have to do to save face.
Obama and his administration both know that there is only a small amount of people that favor Obamacare, so they are forced to look for an easy out when and where they can. And this new major exemption is just that.
This newly discovered exemption is called a ‘hardship exemption.’ A FoxNews report says:
“This is a huge public policy decision that could affect millions of Americans,” House Speaker John Boehner said, adding that the latest change, made ahead of the March 31 enrollment deadline, applies to “essentially everyone.”
“The door’s wide open,” economist Doug Holtz-Eakin, who leads the conservative-leaning American Action Forum, told Fox News. “[The] mandate which they said was absolutely crucial to ObamaCare is falling apart day by day.”
The most recent exemption was included in an ObamaCare application document. There already had been 13 distinct exemptions, but this document added one more — apparently it was added in late December.
The document said that individuals can now qualify for a “hardship exemption” — meaning they would not have to pay a penalty for not buying insurance — if they “experienced another hardship in obtaining health insurance.”
It’s still not known what actually qualifies someone for a ‘hardship exemption.’