Exemptions from the monetary penalty are granted to members of Indian tribes and persons eligible for a “hardship” exemption, which would be determined administratively by the Secretary of the U. Under Section 1502, the Internal Revenue Service is authorized to enforce the health insurance mandate and to collect the penalties.
Impact The congressional mandate on American citizens to purchase health insurance is unprecedented. It is one of the most controversial provisions of the new law, setting off a record number of state lawsuits and launching a large number of state legislative countermeasures. The Administration has also been inconsistent, with President Obama originally opposing an individual mandate but then endorsing it.
THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HEALTH CARE BILLS Well, I have done it!With enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Congress is imposing a mandate on citizens, effective January 1, 2014, to purchase a federally approved level of health insurance. Summary Under Section 1501, individuals will be assessed a monetary penalty if they do not purchase a health insurance plan that meets the federal definition of “minimum essential benefits.” Congress finds, in Section 1501(a), that health care is inextricably connected with interstate commerce thus claiming a constitutional power to require that citizens purchase a specified level of coverage.The penalty for failure to make such a purchase is to be the greater of a flat dollar amount or a percentage of income, phased in from 1 percent to 2.5 percent of income by 2016. And in my case, since no one can actually force me to provide you with my services against my will, you will, in fact never, ever, have a right to my services as a physician. You may honestly believe you have an essential “right” to my or my colleagues’ services, but I assure you, that is currently not the case.