Some good news for all those people who have felt confused, betrayed and outright outraged by the boondoggles involving Obamacare; President Obama is partly suspending the individual mandate and has decreed that “millions of Americans whose health plans were canceled will now automatically qualify for a ‘hardship exemption’ from the mandate. In other worlds, individuals who can't or don't sign up for a new plan, don't have to pay the tax. They will also be able to qualify for a “special” designation of the Affordable Health Care Act insurance designed for people under age 30.
Although the hardship exemptions were originally meant to help the people who are destitute, homeless (either due to financial hardships or unexpected natural disasters), filed bankruptcy, and victims of domestic violence, a group of six Democratic senators, including Mark Warner of VA and Jeanne Shaheen of NH, convinced Human health & Resources Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to "clarify" that the victims of Obamacare also qualify by declaring that exemptions should cover "an individual whose 2013 plan was canceled and considers their new premium unaffordable." In her reply letter, Mrs. Sebelius also observes that some people "are having difficulty finding an acceptable replacement," because of exorbitant costs.