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Effort to Re-Impose Obamacare Mandate on CT Residents Appears Dead … for Now

March 22, 2018 By Staff
Effort to Re-Impose Obamacare Mandate on CT Residents Appears Dead … for Now

Two bills to re-impose the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate to buy health insurance, in Connecticut only, failed in a committee this week.

Two bills that would have re-imposed Obamacare’s individual mandate to buy health insurance failed in a state legislative committee this week.

However, The CT Mirror reported that “Senate President Pro Tem Martin M. Looney [D-New Haven] said Wednesday he would consider reviving the proposal by offering an amendment to other legislation.”

Reclaim Connecticut reported earlier this month on one of the bills, which would have imposed a mandate of up to $10,000 a year for not having health insurance:

Vox first reported, on Wednesday, about a bill that has been introduced in the Insurance and Real Estate Committee in Connecticut’s legislature that could charge individuals up to $10,000 for not having health insurance.

The other bill was from Gov. Dan Malloy (D-Conn.), and would have a monthly “shared responsibility payment” of up to “one-twelfth of the greater of five hundred dollars or two per cent of such individual’s properly reported Connecticut adjusted gross income.”

The Malloy bill had been introduced by Democratic leaders in the legislature.

Some Connecticut Democrats want to reinstate the Obamacare individual mandate that was effectively repealed at the national level in the GOP tax bill.

It appears Connecticut residents are out of the woods for now when it comes to this effective tax on people without health insurance. But Looney’s comments suggest the mandate could come up again.