In an exchange with a friend earlier this week, I speculated that the Obama administration would, with the stroke of the magic pen, rescind the ObamaCare individual mandate prior to the fall elections. Today, the editors of the Wall Street Journal inform me that I am way behind the curve on this. Herewith, the first two paragraphs of the piece:
ObamaCare’s implementers continue to roam the battlefield and shoot their own wounded, and the latest casualty is the core of the Affordable Care Act—the individual mandate. To wit, last week the Administration quietly excused millions of people from the requirement to purchase health insurance or else pay a tax penalty.
This latest political reconstruction has received zero media notice, and the Health and Human Services Department didn’t think the details were worth discussing in a conference call, press materials or fact sheet. Instead, the mandate suspension was buried in an unrelated rule that was meant to preserve some health plans that don’t comply with ObamaCare benefit and redistribution mandates. Our sources only noticed the change this week.
The full article is HERE.
And for another perspective, this one from the pundits at Hot Air, click HERE.