(Washington Examiner) Taxpayers forked over $3 billion to the federal government in 2015 because they didn’t have health insurance, under Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty.
The Internal Revenue Service told Congress Monday that about 6.5 million taxpayers paid the penalty for not having insurance in 2015. The individual mandate, which forces people to have insurance, would be repealed under Republicans’ plan to gut the law.
The average payment made by a taxpayer was about $470 and the median payment about $330.
The mandate penalty for 2015 was $325 per adult and $162.50 per family or 2 percent of household income.
“The 6.5 million taxpayers who reported a payment is about 20 percent lower than the approximately 8 million taxpayers who reported a payment for tax year 2014,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in the letter to lawmakers.
The fee increased in 2016 and 2017 to $695 per adult or 2.5 percent of household income.
The Affordable Care Act has exemptions for paying the individual mandate for people who don’t earn enough income. Koskinen reported that 12.7 million taxpayers claimed one or more coverage exemptions…