While it was in effect, thepenalty potentially cost a taxpayer thousands of dollars a year —though the ACA allowed numerous exemptions from coverage based onfinancial hardship and other personal circumstances. (Photo:Getty)

The elimination of the Affordable Care Act tax penalty on people who don't have healthinsurance could roll back recent coverage gains for Hispanics, young people, thehealthy and the poor, according to a new study.

The study, published Monday in the journal Health Affairs, stemsfrom a 2017 survey in which researchers at Harvard UniversityMedical School and Massachusetts General Hospital asked more than3,000 Californians who had bought individual health care plans:“Would you have purchased health insurance coverage this year ifthere was no penalty?”

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