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house Bill H.R. 285

Should the Obamacare Individual and Employer Mandates be Repealed?

Argument in favor

The Obamacare mandates have imposed an undue hardship on both individuals, who face a tax penalty if they don’t comply, and businesses which are forced to provide costly coverage for employees. They were ill-advised policies and need to be repealed.

operaman's Opinion
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01/27/2017
First, the US Government has no obligations to provide HealthCare in any form. So why waste time, rip the damn band-aid off and gut ObamaCare. However, accommodations to support vehicles aiding citizens to obtain HC would be appropriate: Insurance across borders, IRS tax deductions and or tax free health savings accounts. Allowing insurance pool may also help reduce individual costs. Just keep the scalpel out of the Federal Government and left wing progressives's hands. Surely 8 years of ObamaCare proves the failure of the government handiwork. The only people who supported ObamaCare are those who enjoyed having the "forgotten man" (aka taxpayer) pay for their policy. Remember, Healthcare is not free when your next door neighbor is paying for the policy with his hard earned dollars.
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01/28/2017
Full repeal through budget reconciliation is the best path forward. Once this happens, Congress can pass a series of free market healthcare reforms that lower cost and expand choice to increase coverage.
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01/27/2017
It is unconstitutional for the government to require you to purchase any good or service. Free people are not restricted in that way. It is a violation of individual natural rights to liberty and to property.
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Argument opposed

The individual and employer mandates were the foundation of the Affordable Care Act, repealing them will cause the entire law to crumble. The government needs to require people and employers over a certain size to obtain health insurance coverage.

ChristinaNC's Opinion
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01/26/2017
Repealing the ACA without a replacement is dangerous and reckless. Any replacement that doesn't include coverage for preexisting conditions *and* a mandate for all to have coverage is an enormous step backwards that will cost many people their lives and many, many more will have a dramatically decreased quality of life, through no fault of their own.
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Alannaburke's Opinion
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01/26/2017
Requiring that employers provide healthcare is essential. Requiring that all individuals obtains healthcare is also the only way to increase participation - although we need to do more to make this more affordable. Everyone must be covered.
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Ronit's Opinion
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01/26/2017
Many people rely on the ACA. Health insurance should be available and accessible for all
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bill Progress


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      house Committees
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedJanuary 4th, 2017

What is House Bill H.R. 285?

This bill would repeal the two primary mandates imposed by the Affordable Care Act — the mandate for individuals to have health insurance and the requirement for employers with more than 50 full-time employees to provide health insurance coverage for their employees.

Impact

Individuals; businesses with more than 50 full-time employees; and the federal government.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 285

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH) introduced this bill to repeal the individual mandate and the employer mandate that were enacted under the Affordable Care Act:

“This healthcare package would eliminate the growth-hindering effects of [President Obama’s] healthcare law. The medical device tax and the individual and employer mandates are two of the most significant, ill-advised policies and my package of bills would fix this once and for all.”

This legislation currently has the support of eight cosponsors in the House, all of whom are Republicans.


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Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: National Cancer Institute / Public Domain)

AKA

Healthcare Tax Relief and Mandate Repeal Act

Official Title

To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the individual and employer health insurance mandates.

    First, the US Government has no obligations to provide HealthCare in any form. So why waste time, rip the damn band-aid off and gut ObamaCare. However, accommodations to support vehicles aiding citizens to obtain HC would be appropriate: Insurance across borders, IRS tax deductions and or tax free health savings accounts. Allowing insurance pool may also help reduce individual costs. Just keep the scalpel out of the Federal Government and left wing progressives's hands. Surely 8 years of ObamaCare proves the failure of the government handiwork. The only people who supported ObamaCare are those who enjoyed having the "forgotten man" (aka taxpayer) pay for their policy. Remember, Healthcare is not free when your next door neighbor is paying for the policy with his hard earned dollars.
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    Repealing the ACA without a replacement is dangerous and reckless. Any replacement that doesn't include coverage for preexisting conditions *and* a mandate for all to have coverage is an enormous step backwards that will cost many people their lives and many, many more will have a dramatically decreased quality of life, through no fault of their own.
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    Requiring that employers provide healthcare is essential. Requiring that all individuals obtains healthcare is also the only way to increase participation - although we need to do more to make this more affordable. Everyone must be covered.
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    Many people rely on the ACA. Health insurance should be available and accessible for all
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    Full repeal through budget reconciliation is the best path forward. Once this happens, Congress can pass a series of free market healthcare reforms that lower cost and expand choice to increase coverage.
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    This bill must be rejected. Repealing the ACA without a viable replacement is dangerous and contrary to our values as Americans. Any replacement that doesn't include coverage for preexisting conditions and a mandate for all to have coverage is an enormous step backwards that will cost many people their lives and many, many more will have a dramatically decreased quality of life, through no fault of their own.
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    It is unconstitutional for the government to require you to purchase any good or service. Free people are not restricted in that way. It is a violation of individual natural rights to liberty and to property.
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    I really think our representatives should have the same healthcare we have, so they can truly walk a mile in our shoes. To many of them are extremely wealthy and do not understand what living paycheck to paycheck or really like. The ACA was the first time that our government showed they cared about its population. The republicans care more about gutting the name Obama off the act than they care about the citizens of this great country. This saddens me so much. Please make this one fail.
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    I know this idea is fashionable in Republican LaLaLand. Fortunately or unfortunately, this the real world, not the world of alternative facts that you have been blathering about for 8 years. If DJT actually expects you to create legislation that covers EVERYBODY AT LOWER COST, you need to figure out how to pay for it. The mandate was the Democrats' attempt to do that. If you don't like it, quit whining & figure it out. DO NOT scrap the current system until you have a concrete plan that all of you agree on AND can get enough Democratic votes in the Senate to pass. Governing is hard. Whatever you pass, you will own every word & every consequence. Trumpcare had better create decent results or your necks are on the line.
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    I would prefer to see an amendment that corrects or improves the mandate rather than remove it.
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    I can not afford the overpriced, horrible, useless insurance or the fine! Get rid of this terrible unconstitutional law.
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    Yes, but they should be replaced with true, universal tax funded health care
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    No, healthcare for all is not a privilege, it is a right. The United States government is turning into 1984 but George Orwell!
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    Repealing the ACA without a workable replacement is not just irresponsible, it's cruel. Million of Americans will lose health coverage, and tens of thousands will die. Until this country comes to its senses and gets a single payer system like the responsible first world countries, we can't take steps backwards on what little progress has been made. (I'll point out that my insurance costs went up after ACA implementation, and I still support it.)
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    My wife and I never wanted Obamacare in the first place. The government is in our lives far too much even before the ACA. Anyway Obamacare is only another democrat way too distribute the wealth. Has nothing to do with health. Before Obamacare we were paying about $750.00 a month for the two of us. When Obamacare was implemented our monthly premiums rose to $1600.00 a month and our co-payments went up with that also. We also had to pay for services we did not pay in the past. So do we think Obamacare should be repealed, and everything associated with it, absolutely yes.
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    Forcing individuals to purchase health care from the choices we were given was so incredibly demeaning. We were made to feel as though we couldn't think for ourselves - that Uncle Barry had to tell us what kind of insurance we could get. And then lie to us about coverage and tax breaks plus - my personal favorite- getting punished twice if you ended up not having it because you couldn't afford it: once because they took away the tax break they told you that you were getting when you signed up so you could almost pay the premium, and then when doing your taxes finding out you didn't qualify so they denied it and you had to pay it anyway AND got taxed, and then because you couldn't afford it the next year you got penalized! So my opinion? Trash the whole thing and start over.
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    Gut it all, it should never have been put in the governments hands. Dictatorship, taking away our free will, our ability to make choices. When I was in the hospital I saw one American doctor, our medical research is inertia, I'd like to hear an explanation why this is.
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    Repeal all!
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    This country was founded on the idea of limiting and restricting government power and control. Forcing people to pay for healthcare is completely against this nation's professed freedom.
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    An individual mandate is an important pillar of the Affordable Care Act, because requires healthy individuals to purchase health insurance before they need it. This encourages preventative health care, and it lowers premiums and costs for the general population.
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