From the UPI:
Health and Human service released a seven page bulletin Wednesday announcing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service’s decision to extend the transitional policy of the Affordable Care Act by two years, to Oct. 1, 2016.
Effectively, this makes the individual mandate – the requirement that all individuals purchase insurance by the end of March or face a tax penalty – considered by many to be the backbone of the Affordable Care Act, an option one can opt out of rather than a requirement.
The transitional policy allows for hardship exemption from the tax penalty if an individual can’t afford to sign up for coverage. Previously, exemptions were only offered in extreme cases – such as bankruptcy, eviction, or homelessness – and required documentation, while the current language allows users to seek exemption if they “consider other available policies unaffordable" or if they “experienced another hardship in obtaining health insurance," and only requires "documentation if possible.”
From the application for an exemption:
“If possible.” Heh.
So I’m sure Ted Cruz is sitting right next to his office phone today waiting for the apology…after all Obama and the Democrats shut down the government last October rather than go with his idea to delay the individual mandate.
And now they’ve done it themselves.