The most tyrannical, anti-freedom and unAmerican portion of Obamacare is the unconstitutional (Yes, it’s unconstitutional and always will be despite the creative imaginations of the founding documents by men and women wearing black robes.) mandate that forces citizens to buy a certain financial product against their will.
No free people should be forced to buy any product or service, a “government-approved” product in this case, just because some partisan politicians and bureaucrats think it’s a good idea.
Reason reports that following President Trump’s January executive order directing federal agencies to ease the burden of the failed Obamacare debacle that is about to be repealed and replaced, the IRS has defanged the insurance mandate:
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.
Earlier this month, the IRS quietly altered its rules to allow the submission of 1040s with nothing on line 61. The IRS says it still maintains the option to follow up with those who elect not to indicate their coverage status, although it’s not clear what circumstances might trigger a followup.
“Optional,” not “mandatory.” Did you hear that sound? It’s the sound of freedom returning. Much more has to be done, obviously, but this is an excellent start.
h/t: The Right Scoop