Trump signed an executive order giving the Department of Health and Human Services and other executive departments and agencies the authority and discretion to roll back certain aspects of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), such as fines for not having health insurance. Trump arguably couldn’t or at least didn’t sign an executive order mandating that the mandates be eliminated completely and immediately, because that may not be perceived as to be legal or constitutional. In other words, an executive order can’t necessarily change the law as interpreted.
So while many may believe a lot of these mandates are not enforceable because of a lack of IRS resources, or that Trump’s order has somehow helped push back on the mandates enforcement, the reality remains the same. As the law is written today, under Obamacare, you can still technically be fined by the federal government for not buying health insurance from a private-sector corporation. You are still technically legally and liable to buy and or have health insurance. Even though this law was passed unconstitutional and the law itself is unconstitutional, you are still legally liable. Legality and Constitutionality are two different things.
– Michael Vincent –