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Trump Administration Adds Exemptions To Obamacare Individual Mandate

The Trump administration continues to chip away at Obamacare by adding more exemptions to its individual mandate set to expire in 2019.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the growing list on Monday to help spare more Americans from paying the almost $700 fee for not having insurance in compliance with the Affordable Care Act.
Under the new policies, a person can avoid paying the penalty if only one insurer operates within their Obamacare exchange due to a lack of choice.
Officials say about half of all counties in the U.S. fit this profile.
The greater expansions also bring good news for pro-life Americans, allowing them to opt-out of the insurance if the only affordable plans cover abortion.
This is especially helpful for those living in states such as California and New York, where liberal lawmakers require all plans in the exchanges to fund the procedure.
The move adds to current exemptions already on the books, including for low income or job loss.
FILE – In this Dec. 15, 2017, file photo, the website is photographed in Washington. Object to abortion? You may be able to get an exemption from the Affordable Care Act tax penalty for people don’t have health insurance. Expanded exemptions are part of a package of changes issued April 9, 2018, by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)
The federal agency says the new rules aim to provide Americans with relief from the individual mandate while it is still in effect as GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill continue efforts to dismantle the rest of Obamacare.
The provision was repealed as part of President Trump’s tax cut bill, which was signed into law late last year.
“The individual mandate was very unfair, because you are basically saying pay for something in order not to have to get it,” stated President Trump. “Many people thought it should have been overturned at the Supreme Court, didn’t quite make it — almost but didn’t quite make it — but now we are overturning the individual mandate, the most unpopular thing in Obamacare.”
Going forward, the agency looks to tackle alleged abuses of financial assistance in the Obamacare system, saying some people may be misreporting their income in order to receive tax credits which lower premiums.

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