NJ Gov. Murphy Reinstitutes Statewide ObamaCare Individual Mandate
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.
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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.
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.