Millions Can Dodge ObamaCare Mandate: WSJ
Exemption was hidden in last week's announcement, newspaper says
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2014 4:20 PM CDT
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius defends President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, as she answers questions from Republican members of the House Ways and Means...   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Few noticed last week, but the White House just gave millions of Americans a two-year reprieve from having to buy health care—at least according to the Wall Street Journal. Buried in a seven-page bulletin, the Obama administration granted an exemption for anyone whose insurance was canceled and who says (without proof) that it was a "hardship" getting health insurance, or health-care plans were too pricey. Such an exemption from the ObamaCare mandate was only scheduled to last a year, but will now last two, the Journal explains.

The newspaper criticizes President Obama for the change, noting that "hardship" has gone from meaning the "truly down and out" to anyone short of cash, while the mandate got sidelined over "the implementation fiasco and politics." But is the Journal getting upset over a technicality? Kathleen Sebelius' testimony today at the House Ways and Means Committee may say as much: Asked whether the March 31 enrollment deadline and the individual mandate will be delayed, she said simply, "No, sir," the Hill reports. She added that health-insurance prices will probably keep rising, but not as much as they have been, the Daily Mail reports.

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Mar 14, 2014 7:57 PM CDT
By the time he gets handing out all the passes and exemptions only the poor blue collar working class slob will be stuck with the program - yeah, that will be a lot better than having to pick the program you want from a number of companies and paying 50 -75% as much for it. So much for UNIVERSAL health care ! "Hope 4 Change in 2016".
Chuck Roast
Mar 14, 2014 9:57 AM CDT
Please realize what your government has done, anyone working is now paying for healthcare the millions who don't work. Example: Someone on unemployment is paying under 100 dollars a month for the same healthcare of a working person....That pays approximately 650 dollars a month...Someone that no longer receives unemployment pays nothing....
Mar 13, 2014 10:59 AM CDT
well this is nice to know. i just checked mnsure.a policy for me and my wife would cost between about $650 to $1100 a month. $1100 a month is out,thats more than half our take home pay. $650 is out because we dont have the $6000 to $11000 for deductibles plus co-pays and medicine costs lying about. but you get the tax,we owe back taxes and a $8000 bill for a one day un-insured stint at the hospital for my heart condition i cant get fully diagnosed because i'm un-insured and dont have an additional 5 to ten thousand in my cookie jar for the proper test's. so for me this is a breath of fresh air.