The eyes of America have been on President Donald Trump since he took over the White House, waiting to see the long-promised repeal and replace of Obamacare.
Recently, the Trump administration confirmed the full repeal would happen this year, much to the delight of Americans everywhere.
And some who’ve been anxiously waiting for that day to come have watched Congress with some suspicion, wondering why the holdup on the legislation, given the fact Republicans control both the House and the Senate.
Well, it’s complicated. Congress has paved the way for a complete decimation of that failed program, but there are still hurdles to be cleared.
In the meantime, we get a pretty big win from a surprising source.
Seriously, there’s no love lost between Americans and the IRS but now…
Read this, from Reason:
“Following President Donald Trump’s executive order instructing agencies to provide relief from the health law, the Internal Revenue Service appears to be taking a more lax approach to the coverage requirement.”
Specifically, the IRS is not just tossing and trashing those tax returns that fail to check off the box asserting the filers’ purchase of health care. Rather, the IRS is now processing those forms.
Yep, they’re sorta making it voluntary.
“…the IRS has decided to make changes that would continue to allow electronic and paper returns to be accepted for processing in instances where a taxpayer doesn’t indicate their coverage status.”
Well, it’s true, the mandate is still law. And so is the part about the IRS penalizing those filers who don’t assert they have healthcare coverage.
But now, the IRS is going to go ahead and process even those returns that don’t make that assertion. In plain language, that means: If you don’t want to be penalized by the IRS for not having healthcare coverage, don’t fill out the space on the form that asks if you have health care coverage.
What the IRS doesn’t know, it can’t prosecute or penalize.
It may not be full repeal. But at least it’s something.
And when we finally get around to ditching this atrocious mess, the one that has cost Americans COUNTLESS dollars over the years (thank you again, Obama), we can all officially celebrate.