Best of the Web Today: The Perverse Exemption - WSJ.com: "While we were away, the Department of Health and Human Services offered what might be termed a concession to reality. In a Dec. 19 letter, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius informed Virginia's Mark Warner and five other members of the Democratic Senate Caucus that what she called a "small number of consumers" would be granted an "exemption from the individual responsibility requirement" of ObamaCare during 2014.
"Individual responsibility requirement" is HHS jargon for what is commonly called the "individual mandate" and is legally not a requirement or mandate at all but an additional tax on the income of Americans who lack medical insurance plans that comply with ObamaCare's multitude of actual mandates. The exemption also permits those it covers to purchase policies that have somewhat lesser mandatory requirements, and are therefore somewhat cheaper, than the standard ObamaCare metallic ("bronze" through "platinum") plans. Normally, those so-called catastrophic policies are available only to those under 30."
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