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Thanks to a recent Executive Order from President Trump the Obamacare individual mandate is no longer mandatory.
Following President Donald Trump's executive order instructing agencies to provide relief from the health law, the Internal Revenue Service appears to be taking a more lax approach to the coverage requirement.
The health law's individual mandate requires everyone to either maintain qualifying health coverage or pay a tax penalty, known as a "shared responsibility payment." The IRS was set to require filers to indicate whether they had maintained coverage in 2016 or paid the penalty by filling out line 61 on their form 1040s. Alternatively, they could claim exemption from the mandate by filing a form 8965.
For most filers, filling out line 61 would be mandatory. The IRS would not accept 1040s unless the coverage box was checked, or the shared responsibility payment noted, or the exemption form included. Otherwise they would be labeled "silent returns" and rejected.
Instead, however, filling out that line will be optional.
Yowza! The individual mandate is dead! And with it, the funding "glue" that John Roberts decided was necessary to hold Obamacare together is gone, perhaps for good.
And if this news isn't enough to bury Obamacare, how about one of the nation's largest insurers pulling the plug on the exchanges?
While Republicans continue to grapple with plans to repeal and replace Obamacare and stabilize health insurance rates, Humana is the first major insurer to say it is dropping out of the individual market for 2018.
"Based on our initial analysis of data associated with the company's health-care exchange membership following the 2017 open enrollment period, we continue to see further signs of an unbalanced risk pool," said Humana CEO Bruce Broussard, on a conference call with analysts Tuesday. "Therefore, the company has decided that it cannot continue to offer this coverage for 2018."
Translation — we're losing too much money on old, sick people. Which is what everyone with a brain said would happen when Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi foisted this debacle onto us.
Did they listen? No. And so here we are, in the final stages of Obamacare's death spiral.
All we need to do now is wait, and get ready for
the GOP replacement, coming soon to a congressional committee hearing room
Three New Jersey Democrats think they've found a sure-fire way to sidestep President Trump's plan to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities — have NJ taxpayers make up the difference.
New Jersey lawmakers from immigrant-rich Hudson County on Tuesday announced a bill that would provide state aid to sanctuary cities denied federal funds for failing to comply with immigration rules.
The bill was introduced in both houses of the legislature on Tuesday by State Sen. Brian Stack, Assemblyman Raj Mukherji and Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro, all Democrats from the 33rd District.
The legislation, S-3007 in the Senate and A-4590 in the Assembly, would allow municipalities or counties denied federal funds to apply to the state Commissioner of Community Affairs for a "dollar-for-dollar" match to compensate for the withheld federal money.
Let me put this in words you three turkeys can understand.
No. Way. Jose.
The people of Union City and the 33rd District may have voted for you, and you might think your loyalties lie more with illegal aliens and less with your taxpaying constituents, but that's not my problem, it's theirs. And I stand with President Trump in wanting to see equal enforcement of our immigration laws. Which means if anyone should be on the hook for your virtue signalling, it's the people in your District, and not the rest of us.
Then let's see how they feel about your activism when you're raiding their pockets. Because I'm thinking they're not gonna be too pleased.
Fortunately Governor Christie would be insane to sign this bill into law.
So it's all just grandstanding on the part of Hudson County progressives, for
now. But if NJ's voters are dumb enough to put Phil Murphy into the governor's
office next year then throwing tax dollars at illegal aliens will be the
least of our problems.
I don't understand the idea of welcoming criminals into your town. But I'm not a liberal. The mayor of Prospect Park, NJ is, and he's opening the gates and beckoning the barbarians inside.
Prospect Park Mayor, Mohamed T. Khairullah, signed an executive order to reassure residents that they will be protected from President Donald J. Trump's executive order to ban green card and visa holders, along with refugees, regardless of any resident's immigration status.
Break the law, we won't care!
His name's Mohamed, so I'm guessing if someone breaks Sharia law, he'll care, a lot. Immigration law, not so much.
In his executive order, he made it clear that all citizens, regardless if immigrant, refugee, green or visa card holder, are safe in Prospect Park and will not turn anyone to the federal government unless they have committed unlawful actions.
Yo, Chief, "citizens" implies "valid American." Ergo, no issue re immigration, green cards, visas, or refugee status. On the other hand, overstaying a visa, or sneaking into the US, they're "unlawful actions." Really, you could look it up. Then there's jihad; it's pretty "unlawful" too, not that you'd rat out your friends, right?
So it looks like Prospect Parkistan is now a safe haven for anyone looking to
hide out from DHS, no matter why. What could go wrong?