With any luck, Tax reform reconciliation will include the Senate’s repeal of the ObamaCare individual mandate. The mandate punishes poor people, something Barack Obama understood before he became president.
The individual mandate and its associated fine is, in other words, a tax on the poor. This is why, after years of Obamacare, the number of uninsured Americans is still nearly 30 million. These people can’t afford to buy the insurance, so many simply pay the fine. Ironically, this very situation was predicted by none other than Illinois Senator Barack Obama during the 2008 Democratic presidential campaign. In debate after debate with Hillary Clinton, Obama said that the uninsured are, for the most part, going without coverage because they can’t afford it and that a mandate won’t fix the problem.
David Catron, writing at American Spectator has plenty more to say about the individual Mandate here.