There are now so many exemptions to PPACA's individual mandate that the CBO says the number who would face fines for lack of coverage has dropped from seven million to four million.

That means that almost 90 percent of the nation's uninsured population would not have to pay a penalty under PPACA in 2016, according to a report from the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation.

Though it's good news for those who decide not to seek health insurance coverage as required by the law, it's bad news for the insurance industry, which was to receive revenue from the fines. Instead of collecting $7 billion, the CBO now estimates $4 billion will be assessed.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.