The Obamacare challenge has begun to possibly pave the way for a Republican victory. Officially known as the Affordable Care Act, what it's been doing is taking the added costs of insurance companies and reimbursing those companies with government funding.
Sadly, part of that funding comes from taxpayers who chose not to sign up for the healthcare system because they are among the lucky ones who never really need to see a doctor. The Affordable Care Act hasn't been repealed yet, as much of a headache as it is for the very low-income U.S. citizens it was meant to help, but it's one step closer.
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Since the Obamacare challenge is still in its early stages, you can still reduce your tax penalty for next year if you haven't signed up yet. The fee in 2017 will be over $600, which, if you're single and living alone, is probably more than you'll pay for coverage for the same year. In 2015, the fee was less than a hundred, so it actually cost less at the time to ignore the new law. This year, if you weren't aware due to actually having coverage, the fee was $325, over triple what it was the previous year.
Judge Rosemary Collyer, a federal judge appointed by George W. Bush, said that the money being used to reimburse insurance companies was never appropriated by Congress and is actually a violation of the Constitution the way it was set up.
"No money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law."