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New Tax Law Means End of Obamacare's Individual Mandate

New Tax Law Means End of Obamacare's Individual Mandate

"For the mandate to have effect, you have to believe that there are people who, one, don't think they need health insurance; two, don't like what's being offered or the price that it's being offered at [and] would rather not pay it; or, three, are going ahead and buying it anyway because to not buy it they would be penalized", Haislmaier said.

The final number, 96 percent of 2017's 9.2. enrollments, came after a big rush in the final week, when 4.1 million people signed up for plans.

"In a market that is experiencing soaring rates, I am proud of the hard work CMS put into making sure that our customers didn't experience the website failures that were commonplace with healthcare.gov in previous open enrollment periods", Verma added in a written statement.

"This level of enrollment is truly remarkable, especially given the headwinds faced by the program", said Larry Levitt of the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation.

Individuals who aren't insured by their employer or Medicare had until December 15 to sign up for health insurance through the marketplace that was established by the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Thursday it spent "just over $1 per enrollee on outreach and education for Exchange coverage compared to almost $11 per enrollee previous year".

"We take pride in providing great customer service", she wrote, congratulating her agency on "the smoothest experience for consumers to date". The state extended the enrollment period by one week after initially agreeing to a shortened, 45-day period set by the Trump administration.

In a surprisingly strong show of consumer demand, almost 9 million people signed up for "Obamacare" next year, as government numbers out Thursday proved predictions of its collapse wrong yet again.

"Most of the people who pay the individual mandate tax make less than $50,000 a year - so it's a good tax to repeal when you're writing a tax cut bill", Alexander said.

Obamacare opponents are delighted to see the mandate go away.

People will now have the freedom to make their own choice. That may have boosted enrollment. Still, that has added to the confusion surrounding 2018 coverage.

States that expanded Medicaid coverage to low-income adults as part of ACA provisions saw a large payoff in reducing the number of people skipping care due to cost issues and in improving access to routine care, authors of the Commonwealth Fund report said.

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