Rep. Meadows Requests Immediate Repeal of Individual Mandate

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Washington, March 1, 2018 | Ben Williamson (202-225-6401) | comments

Rep. Meadows Requests Immediate Repeal of Individual Mandate

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) has submitted a letter to the House Appropriations Committee urging Congress act now to repeal Obamacare's individual mandate beginning immediately.

Last year, Congress included a repeal of the individual mandate’s tax penalty within the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act—but the repeal does not take effect until fiscal year 2019. Unfortunately, many Americans are under the impression that the mandate’s tax penalty no longer exists, even though the mandate’s requirements are still on the books for the taxable years of 2017 and 2018. The Internal Revenue Service has already expressed their intention to reject tax returns that do not show proof of health coverage over the next two years.

Rep. Meadows argues that Americans should be free of the penalty immediately, and that the Committee should include a full retroactive penalty repeal as Congress begins the annual appropriations process.

“Americans are most successful when we allow them the kind of financial and economic security they deserve,” Rep. Meadows said. “However, the uncertainty surrounding Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty creates the exact opposite environment. Unfortunately, many Americans believe the mandate to be immediately repealed and no longer in effect, but will be surprised to learn that it still applies for both 2017 and 2018 tax returns. Congress must resolve this.

The individual mandate is a penalty that forces Americans to buy something they may not want or need, and its consequences hit the pocket books of low income Americans the hardest. That’s why I have formally requested the Appropriations Committee include a full repeal of the individual mandate for 2018 and retroactive to 2017 so that we can give American families relief from the mandate’s unnecessary burden.”

To read Rep. Meadows’ letter, click here.

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