Gov. Newsom proposing individual mandate to shore up Obamacare in California

In December 2017 the individual mandate under Obamacare was repealed via President Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

Yet residents in California may be forced to again pay a fine if they don’t have health insurance – if Gov. Newsom has his way. He hopes the fine will generate money to subsidize insurance for people (wonder if that includes illegal aliens?).

As reported by Sacramento Bee:

“As the Democrats who run California government hash out the final details of the state budget, some lawmakers and advocates are raising doubts about Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to shore up Obamacare with a tax penalty on people who don’t buy insurance.

Newsom’s office argues fining people without insurance, a plan known as the individual mandate, will stabilize the state’s health insurance market and generate money to subsidize insurance for middle-income people. But others say the money it will generate isn’t enough to make health insurance truly affordable, as the governor’s office is planning.

The individual mandate would have affordability exemptions for people who are in the lowest income brackets, but “for some, it’s just not enough, especially in our high cost of living state,” he said.

Newsom proposed reinstating the individual mandate, a key part of the federal health care law that Republicans controlling the federal government have rolled back, to pressure healthy people to buy coverage. Insurance markets rely on those healthy people paying into the system to offset losses from others who require expensive care.

Republicans who voted to roll back the mandate in 2017 argued it was unfair to penalize people who chose not to buy insurance. But without a mandate, Newsom says insurance prices will go up for everyone.

“Without a mandate, you will see an increase in your premiums,” Newsom said during a news conference about his budget plan last month. “I’d like to avoid that.”

Read the whole story here.

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Lophatt
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Lophatt

Since Governor Goodhair has more or less removed California from the United States of America how is it they are still eligible for Obongocare? Again, in typical fashion, the poor will be subsidized while the productive will be penalized. Does that sound right? So they throw open the doors, refuse to honor the law, offer free everything to those who will not work and tax those with jobs to pay for it all. For that you get the privilege of paying three times what your house is really worth, you get to live with high crime and crap in the… Read more »

Kevin Lankford
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Kevin Lankford

Low lifes still trying to convince us that insurance is the answer for the greed of the health care and pharmaceuticals industries. Oh,…and of course, they must look to their illegal aliens.

William
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William

Insurance companies never lose money. The insurance industry is always profitable. When you are required by law to have it what’s to stop them from arbitrarily jacking up premiums? A guaranteed market. That’s what happened here in MA with MassHealth, the template for Obongocare. No insurance, you’re a criminal. The only ones who benefit, besides the companies themselves, are the useless eaters including “refugees” and “migrants”. Everything is covered including “mental health” and substance abuse “treatment”. They don’t pay a penny, middle-class working people do. The companies from “partnerships” with each other and for MH/SA they just rubber stamp endless… Read more »

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Of course. Every “obligation” is an “opportunity”. In this one they just spread the costs to EVERYBODY. The more invading Demonrat voters they let in, the more each of us has to pay.

As you say, they are the “middle men” who can’t lose.

Alma
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Alma

Governor “Goodhair” ahahahahahaha. May I ask you are you going to penalize the homeless for not having insurance? Are You? Are you going to leave them, as well as the illegals exempt and do you think the taxpayers should be burden with the increase? Well since you care why not give freebies and leave the millionaires alone, have the Hollywierd millionaires pay since they made their money on moviegoers.

Lophatt
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Lophatt

We recently complained about them ignoring Trump’s order to cancel Brennan’s security clearance. Here’s another where he has ordered them not to display the “gay pride” flags but they’re doing it in defiance. He needs to fix this stuff, pronto.

https://thenationalsentinel.com/2019/06/10/u-s-embassies-defying-trump-admin-by-flying-gay-pride-flag-this-is-category-one-insurrection/

William
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William

“International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.” What?? As for him fixing this stuff, he either will or he won’t, seems like 50-50 at this point. Hope springs eternal but I’m leaning in the direction of it all being theater. He’ll go through the motions and then throw his hands up and say they won’t let me get anything done. And the country will continue to slide into the gutter

Lophatt
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Lophatt

Well, for what its worth, I agree. That’s what he seems to do. That’s rather why I posted it. Just like I don’t think he can declare victory at the border, or over psycho’s security clearance. Here he’s said he doesn’t want “gay” flags flying at embassies but they are ignoring him. Sessions tells him he has an investigator in Utah working on his cohorts sedition investigation. Turns out nothing happened. Anything done about it? His underlings are just letting him walk around and bloviate while they ignore their orders. I’m pretty disgusted. A leader makes policy and checks to… Read more »

GRIZZ
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GRIZZ

Getting closer to my vacation in California via Mexico anyday now.
Hell….might as well change my name too.
A stop at the local orphanage might not hurt either if the kids arent all gone.
That’s how it works….right?

Pearl
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Pearl

The premise is a lie. Mandating coverage caused premiums to RISE and it always will. When people have to buy something, the sellers can charge whatever they want.

CalGirl
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CalGirl

Obamacare was never about “health care,” but instead, was all about apportioning health insurance from those who have, to those who don’t, and, in the process, (as all socialism does) ended up watering down the coverage for BOTH, but esp. in those who continued to pay the highest monetary costs……