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This is the GOP's plan B for Obamacare

Trump signed an EO back in mid February telling the IRS to stop enforcing the mandate.

Here's an article from then explaining what he did.

Trump's IRS stages a stealth attack on Obamacare

The Internal Revenue Service has become the first agency to follow President Trumpís directive to start undermining the Affordable Care Act.

In a quiet rule change, but an important one, the IRS has told tax preparers and software firms that it wonít automatically reject tax returns that fail to state whether the tax filer had health insurance during the year. That effectively loosens enforcement of the ACAís individual mandate. It appears to be a direct response to Trumpís Jan. 20 executive order requiring federal agencies ďminimize...the economic and regulatory burdens of the Act.Ē

We observed at the time that the executive order would cripple ACA insurance exchanges, not only by signaling the Trump Administrationís open hostility to Obamacare, but by kicking a leg out from the regulatory stool supporting the act.

The IRS action its the first manifestation of that. The agency hasnít announced its rule change publicly, but it was picked up by Peter Suderman of Reason and Kathleen Pender of the San Francisco Chronicle, who both reported it Tuesday.

http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-irs-obamacare-20170215-story.html


My guess is they're now planning to let it bleed out and then blame Obama and the Democrats in 2018. Be prepared to counter this BS when and if it pops up.
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