"For most filers, filling out line 61 would be mandatory. The IRS would not accept 1040s unless the coverage box was checked, or the shared responsibility payment noted, or the exemption form included. Otherwise they would be labeled "silent returns" and rejected.
Instead, however, filling out that line will be optional."
Major Blow to Obamacare Mandate: IRS Won't Reject Tax Returns That Don't Answer Health Insurance Question - Hit & Run : Reason.com
If this is indeed true, this will provide relief to millions of Americans who have lost their insurance due to Obamacare.
It appears filers now can opt out from answering the question about whether they have insurance and not fear their 1040 will be rejected by the IRS.
Now millions Americans who cannot afford the skyrocketing cost of health insurance thanks to the catastrophic disaster known as Obamacare, will no longer be penalized for not being able to afford health insurance.
Thanks President Trump.