Comment: Perhaps you could clarify the contradiction ...

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Perhaps you could clarify the contradiction ...

One code is essentially stating there is no civil penalty for failing to obtain health insurance.

The tax code is along the lines of income earning taxpayers who do not maintain health insurance will be taxed differently than taxpayers who do maintain health care insurance.

So the question is ... does everyone potentially subject to 42 USC § 18115 earn taxable income? Of course not. If the answer to that question is no then one who does not earn taxable income will not be penalized for not maintaining health insurance. However, one who does earn taxable income will be taxed accordingly which is a tax matter completely separate of any civil penalties one could be liable for under 42 USC § 18115.

They are not two separate and distinct codes applicable to different circumstances?