Trump Administration Offers Two More Ways to Escape Obamacare’s Penalty

The Trump administration announced Monday that those who live in counties with no insurer or with only one choice will be able to apply for a hardship exemption from the mandate, which requires nearly all Americans to get health insurance or pay a penalty.

 Every county currently has at least one insurer on its exchange, but about 26% of Obamacare enrollees — living in slightly more than half of counties — have only one option, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Also, pro-life Americans who can only buy plans that cover abortion can receive an exemption.

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Half of Americans Think Obamacare Marketplaces Are Crumbling

Half of Americans think the Obamacare marketplaces are falling apart. But they’re not — even though Republicans have pulled out some legs from under them.

Fifty-three percent of people believe the individual marketplaces — where those without workplace coverage can get subsidized health-care plans — are “collapsing,” according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released this morning. And while 64 percent of Republicans believe this narrative, nearly half of all Democrats buy into it, too.

Such public sentiment is perhaps not surprising, given the marketplaces’ turbulent year under the GOP’s congressional and executive branch rule. Democrats are responsible for the structure of the marketplaces — and new health benefit mandates that pushed premiums higher. But Republicans have not solved the existing problems and perhaps even made them worse.

Read More at The Washington Post