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  • Poll: 64% want Congress to restore ObamaCare subsidies even if Republicans win the Halbig case

    01/28/2015 2:04:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/28/2015 | AllahPundit
    Remember the issue in Halbig? There’s a section in the ObamaCare statute that says federal subsidies to pay premiums are available to anyone who buys their insurance through “an Exchange established by the State.” But that phrase is vaguely worded. Is the federal ObamaCare exchange, Healthcare.gov, an exchange established by the state? Or was the idea that subsidies should apply only to exchanges created by the individual states, as an economic incentive to encourage state governments to create their own insurance marketplaces? You know what Jonathan Gruber thinks, or thought, about that. By this summer, we’ll know what John...
  • Questions on the House Vote to Tweak ObamaCares Employer Mandate

    01/10/2015 1:52:05 PM PST · by Ray76 · 18 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | Jan 7, 2015 | Michael F. Cannon
    Tomorrow, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives will vote on a measure that would alter the definition of full-time work, for purposes of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Acts employer mandate, from 30 hours per week to 40 hours per week. I have a few questions about this supposed threat to ObamaCare: This legislation would reduce the burden of ObamaCares employer mandatem but it would also increase government spending by making more workers eligible for health-insurance subsidies through ObamaCares Exchanges. How is that a policy victory?The legislation would therefore shift part of ObamaCares costfrom an organized and influential interest group...
  • 87% of new Obamacare users given federal aid

    12/30/2014 12:19:43 PM PST · by Ray76 · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Dec 30, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    Some 87 percent of people who just signed up for Obamacare are getting financial assistance to lower their premiums, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. That is a jump from 80 percent during the last open enrollment period. ... includes more than 3.4 million people who selected a plan in the 37 states that are using the HealthCare.gov platform for 2015 Full Title: Tax dollars at work: 87% of new Obamacare users given federal aid
  • Philly-Based Investment Adviser Has Become Obamacare's Digital Menace

    11/12/2014 7:28:30 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 9 replies
    HuffPo ^ | 11/11/14 | Sam Stein
    A "nobody" named Rich Weinstein keeps digging up damaging clips about Obamacare. I'm an investment adviser," Weinstein tells me from his home near Philadelphia. "I'm a nobody. Im the guy who lives in his moms basement wearing a tinfoil hat." (He's joking about the mom and the tinfoil.)
  • King, Halbig, Et Al. Head To The Supreme Court

    11/11/2014 9:05:01 PM PST · by Ray76 · 5 replies
    Forbes ^ | Nov 7, 2014 | Michael F. Cannon
    I applaud the Supreme Courts decision to grant certiorari in King v. Burwell. Since January, the Obama administration has been spending billions of unauthorized federal dollars, and subjecting nearly 60 million Americans to unauthorized taxes, all to hide the full cost of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare. The administrations actions have not only violated the law and caused massive economic disruption, they have also subverted the democratic process.
  • Four Reasons the Supreme Court Is Likely to Rule against the Obama Administration in Burwell

    11/09/2014 2:52:59 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 33 replies
    NRO.COM ^ | 08 NOVEMBER 2014 | JOHN YOO
    The Supreme Court followed up the landslide election on Tuesday with its own shocker: it announced that it will hear the Burwell case, which challenges the Obama administrations extension of insurance subsidies in states that do not have health-care exchanges. I think the chances are high that the administration will lose. Because:
  • Six potential effects of a Supreme Court ruling against HHS on Obamacare

    11/07/2014 10:25:39 PM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 7, 2014 | Philip Klein
    On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review whether the insurance subsidies through President Obama's healthcare law are illegal in 36 states, because the text of Obamacare limited subsidies to those states that set up their own exchanges. Here are six potential outcomes if the Supreme Court rules against the Department of Health and Human Services and declares such subsidies illegal. 1. Uncertainty keeps repeal flame alive The Supreme Court is coming at a time when there's an internal debate among Republicans about how the new Senate majority should approach the prospect of repealing Obamacare. Ever since the major...
  • Gingrich: High Court Obamacare Decision 'Devastating to President'

    11/07/2014 4:47:15 PM PST · by xzins · 39 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 07 Nov 2014 | Sean Piccoli
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich tells Newsmax TV that a Supreme Court decision on Friday to hear another legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act is "devastating to the president." "I have no ability to judge what the Supreme Court will do," Gingrich said, noting that Chief Justice John Roberts once cast the deciding vote to uphold President Barack Obama's signature health care overhaul. But Gingrich said the new challenge is based on making the Affordable Care Act comply with the actual text of the statute that Congress passed and that Obama signed and Gingrich said that in this...
  • The Supreme Court will hear King. Thats bad news for the ACA (aka Obamacare)

    11/07/2014 11:43:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Incidental Economist ^ | November 7, 2014 | Nicholas Bagley
    In a significant setback for the Obama administration, the Supreme Court just agreed to review King v. Burwell, the Fourth Circuits decision upholding an IRS rule extending tax credits to federally established exchanges. The government had asked the Court to take a pass because theres no split in the circuit courts over whether the IRS rule is valid. At least four justicesit only takes four to grant certiorarivoted to take the case anyhow. As I see it, whats troubling here is not that the Court took King in the absence of a split. Its rules permit it to hear cases...
  • Obamacare Exchange Subsidies Headed to U.S. Supreme Court

    11/07/2014 1:50:24 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 7 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 11-7-14 | Sean Riley
    The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments against the availability of exchange subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. Todays order from the Court granted review in King v. Burwell, one of several cases challenging IRS regulations extending tax-credit subsidies to the states with federal exchanges. Briefings will be submitted over the next few months, and a ruling is not expected until June.
  • Justices to hear challenge to health law subsidies

    11/07/2014 10:12:28 AM PST · by BAW · 44 replies
    AP ^ | Nov 7, 2014 | MARK SHERMAN
    The Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a new challenge to President Barack Obama's health care law. The justices said they will decide whether the law authorizes subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their health insurance premiums. A federal appeals court upheld Internal Revenue Service regulations that allow health-insurance tax credits under the Affordable Care Act for consumers in all 50 states. Opponents argue that most of the subsidies are illegal.
  • Obamacare Is Headed For Another Supreme Court Showdown, And It Puts The Law In 'Dangerous Territory'

    11/07/2014 10:59:44 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 105 replies
    Business Insider ^ | November 7, 2014 | Brett LoGiurato
    The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to take up a new challenge to the Affordable Care Act, a move that will again thrust the law into a high-profile battle before the high court.The Supreme Court's move is somewhat surprising, considering there is still no split in the lower, circuit courts. But the high court agreed toKing v. Burwell, a case in which the Fourth Circuit court upheld an IRS rule that extends the distribution of health insurance subsidies to states served by the federal insurance marketplace.The challenge to the law is viewed as having the potential to cripple Obamacare in...
  • Yes, Virginia, There Is Still a Circuit Split between Halbig and King

    10/19/2014 7:51:04 PM PDT · by SteveH · 2 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/14/2014 | Michael F. Cannon
    [...] Perhaps most important for court-watchers, the plaintiffs further noted that contrary to the governments claims, there is still technically a conflict between the two Circuits. Thats because under the D.C. Circuits rules, the decision to grant en banc review vacated the panels judgment, but not its opinion. So yes, Virginia, theres still a circuit split.
  • How ObamaCares Victories Count Against It In Sissel v. HHS

    10/19/2014 12:30:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 19, 2014 | Michael F. Cannon
    Randy Barnett has an excellent post at the Volokh Conspiracy about his recent amicus brief requesting the D.C. Circuit grant en banc review of Sissel v. HHS. (Sound familiar?) Sissel challenges the constitutionality of ObamaCare’s individual mandate – which the Supreme Court ruled could only be constitutional if imposed under Congress’ taxing power – on the grounds that this, ahem, tax originated in the Senate rather than the House, as the Constitution’s Origination Clause requires. A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit ruled against Sissel. The panel’s rationale was that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was not the...
  • Why Did States Spend Millions To Create Tech That Healthcare.gov Had Already Developed?

    10/12/2014 5:06:02 AM PDT · by SteveH · 15 replies
    gotnews.com ^ | October 2, 2014 | Scot K. Vorse
    [....] So why the changes and why did Washington and Nevada request and use tax payer funds to develop electronic tax credit technology if they intended to use the technology already developed by HHS? There are two possibilities: Either HHS had decided it needed a tax credit calculator or it hadnt. If it had why didnt it share this technology and collaborate with the states from Day One, which would have reduced the amount of tax funded grants? Also, a significant amount of the $4.8 billion awarded to states was allocated to develop tax credit calculator technology. Why had...
  • Debating Halbig and King

    10/12/2014 3:23:05 AM PDT · by SteveH · 1 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy via The Washington Post ^ | October 7, 2014 | Michael F. Cannon
    [...] In King news, on Friday the federal government filed its brief in opposition to the plaintiffs petition for certiorari before the Supreme Court. Conspicuously absent from this brief is any mention of MIT economist Jonathan Gruber. The federal government routinely cited his work in its prior briefs in both Halbig and King, but not here. The Court is scheduled to consider the King cert petition in November. [...]
  • Economists Arguments against Obamacare Lawsuits Backfire

    10/06/2014 4:11:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 6, 2014 | Michael F. Cannon
    By Jonathan H. Adler and Michael F. CannonThree years ago, we blew the whistle on the government behavior now being challenged in multiple Obamacare lawsuits, including Halbig v. Burwell and King v. Burwell. We performed much of the legal analysis underpinning those challenges. So it amused us when economists Henry Aaron, David Cutler and Peter Orszag tried to defend the government and counsel against Supreme Court review of King, yet inadvertently undercut the government on both counts. Contrary to their characterization, plaintiffs Halbig and King do not challenge the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, much less attempt to repeal...
  • Pruitt v. Burwell: IRS's Illegal ObamaCare Taxes/Spending Suffer Another Defeat In Federal Court

    10/03/2014 5:14:59 AM PDT · by SteveH · 8 replies
    forbes ^ | 9/30/2014 | michael f. cannon
    The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma handed the Obama administration another and a much harsher defeat in one of four lawsuits challenging the IRSs attempt to implement ObamaCares major taxing and spending provisions where the law does not authorize them. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act provides that its subsidies for private health insurance, its employer mandate, and to a large extent its individual mandate only take effect within a state if the state establishes a health insurance Exchange. Two-thirds (36) of the states declined to establish Exchanges, which should have freed more...
  • The Two Issues That Could Bring Down Obamacare

    10/01/2014 2:48:37 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | 10-1-14 | Brianna Ehley
    Today marks the one-year anniversary for Obamacares health exchangeswhich have helped more than 7 million people across the country enroll in health coverage. And while Obamacares marketplace is settling in for its second year, serious issues are cropping up that could potentially derail the entire health care law leaving millions without affordable health coverage. The first potential problem deals with funding for the laws crucial risk corridor program, which protects insurers from major losses. Insurers who agree to sell policies on the new exchanges are compensated for if they incur heavy losses during the first few years of Obamacares implementation....
  • Why This Conservative Lawyer Thinks He Can Still Cripple Obamacare

    09/26/2014 9:37:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | September 26, 2014 | Sahil Kapur
    The top lawyer arguing a case to overturn Obamacare subsidies believes he can succeed at crippling the law even if it's upheld in every district and appellate court. A three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit invalidated the federal exchange subsidies in June. The full court subsequently vacated the ruling and announced it'll re-hear the case, called Halbig v. Burwell. The conservative opponents have a tough battle because the en banc ruling will feature 8 Democratic-appointed judges four of whom were appointed by President Obama himself and 5 Republican-appointed judges. Michael Carvin, the lawyer for the plaintiffs, has appealed...