This bill — known as the Unaffordable Care Act — would exempt people from Obamacare’s individual mandate if they live in a place with fewer than two health insurance plans available on their exchange, or if they were on the cheapest available plan last year and this year’s premium for it is more than 125 percent of the preceding year’s. This legislation would take effect at the beginning of the month after its enactment, at which point relevant individuals would no longer be liable for the individual mandate’s tax penalty.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
Committee on Ways and MeansIntroducedJanuary 13th, 2017
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What is House Bill H.R. 563?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 563
In-Depth: This legislation was introduced by Rep. Luke Messer (R-IN), and doesn’t yet have cosponsors.
Of Note: According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, residents of 32 percent of U.S. counties will only have one health insurance choice available to them in 2017, an increase from 7 percent in 2016. The New York Times created a map showing the 1,388 counties with only one insurer (about 3 million people) and the 45 counties with no insurer in 2018 (about 35,000 people).
Summary by Eric Revell(Photo Credit: Pete Souza / Public Domain)