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This would be funny if it weren't really happening. Here's the story:

You've heard about the 5 million policies that have been canceled because they don't meet the requirements of the Obamacare law, right? Well, on December 19th the President declared (on his own) that those people won't have to pay the penalty for not having health insurance in 2014. This raises questions on its own, since this penalty is at the heart of the law itself.

But wait, there's more!

He also gave a blanket "hardship" status to many of these same people, allowing them to buy the cheaper catastrophic plans that have $12,000 (single) annual deductibles. And why did they get this status? Because the standard Obamacare plans are too expensive for them to buy, even with subsidies.

Did you catch the irony? The President has granted these people hardship status . . . because the new Obamacare mandated policies are too expensive.

Or, put more plainly, Obamacare itself is a hardship!

Once again, the way people receive political favors related to this law is to be exempted from it. (Rather than getting moved to the front of the line.) You can't make this kind of thing up.

And here are two questions that we (and many others) are asking after this decision:

1) What about next year? Will these people be granted hardship status again? If so, how is that fair to the rest of the people who comply with the law? (It isn't fair at all.)

2) What will happen to the rates for those catastrophic plans? By law, they were priced and designed so that only people under age 30 could buy them. If older and sicker people buy in instead, the more expensive plans will have fewer enrollees, and the rates for the catastrophic plans will have to rise.
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