IRS Will Enforce Health Coverage Requirement Under ACA
Despite the individual mandate being a primary target for Republicans, the Trump administration says it will reject tax returns that do not have complete information about health care coverage filled in. Meanwhile, GOP lawmakers are trying to weaken the mandate through legislation.
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I.R.S. Says It Will Reject Tax Returns That Lack Health Insurance Disclosure
Despite President Trump’s pronouncements, not only is Obamacare not dead, there are signs that his administration is keeping it alive. In the latest signal that the Affordable Care Act is still law, the Internal Revenue Service said this week that it is taking steps to enforce the most controversial provision: the tax penalty people face if they refuse to obtain health insurance. (Abelson, 10/20)
GOP Redoubles Efforts To End ObamaCare Mandate
The GOP is redoubling its efforts to eliminate ObamaCare’s individual mandate, a step that would be yet another blow to the health-care law. They are doing so even as key Senate Republicans seek a bipartisan deal that could strengthen the law by extending critical payments to insurers that help low-income people afford their copays and deductibles. (Weixel, 10/22)