New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed a bill this week that effectively restored the ObamaCare individual mandate provision, Fox & Friends reported.

President Donald Trump signed a federal bill in 2017 repealing the mandate -- effective 2019 -- which requires Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty, Jillian Mele said.

Murphy also approved a measure to assist health insurers in funding "high-risk consumers," the Asbury Park Press reported.

State Sen. Joe Vitale (D-Middlesex), a key sponsor of the bill, said the law is "needed to maintain a foundation for the insurance market" and to ensure the viability of the federal ObamaCare law, the paper reported.


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Under the new law, New Jersey residents who do not have insurance will face a penalty equal to 2.5 percent of their income or $695 per taxpayer -- whichever is greater, with a maximum penalty of $2,085, the Associated Press reported.

Another one of the bill's sponsors, State Sen. Troy Singleton (D-Moorestown), said the state law will "protect New Jersey from the negative impact" of Trump's repeal of the federal mandate, according to NJ.com.

In May, Murphy also took a public stand opposite the Trump administration when he signed a bill allowing illegal immigrants in the Garden State to apply for collegiate financial aid.

At the time, a Rutgers University student joined Fox & Friends to blast Murphy over his decision.


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