Penalty..............ain't no stinkin' penalty
Fewer people hit with Obamacare penalty last year - Aug. 24, 2017
Some 4 million households paid the Obamacare penalty for not having health insurance last year, new Internal Revenue Service data shows.
That's down from 5.6 million a year earlier.
The average penalty was $708, according to the report filed by the agency's Taxpayer Advocate Service, which looked at returns filed through April 27.
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Also, roughly 10.7 million households requested exemptions from the individual mandate, which requires nearly all Americans to have coverage or pay a penalty. People can request exemptions for a variety of reasons, including if coverage is considered unaffordable -- when premiums are more than 8.13% of their household income -- or they were unable to renew existing coverage.