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  • Health Reform Law's Legal, Political Obstacles Continue to Mount (Fines, prison to be phased in)

    12/20/2010 8:51:52 PM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    PBS ^ | 12/20/10
    Health Reform Law's Legal, Political Obstacles Continue to MountAIR DATE: Dec. 20, 2010 JEFFREY BROWN: Next: new legal challenges for the landmark health reform law, as this past week marked a major moment in the battle between the Obama administration and a number of states. (CHEERING AND APPLAUSE) One of the most important and controversial pieces of the health reform law signed by President Obama last March is the so-called individual insurance mandate, under which individuals must buy health insurance beginning in 2014, or pay a penalty. The fines would be phased in, starting at $95 per person that first...
  • Federal judge upholds ObamaCare mandate (On to the higher courts!)

    12/01/2010 8:46:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/01/2010 | Ed Morrissey
    In the second such ruling, a federal judge in Virginia has declared the federal mandate to purchase insurance constitutional. Jude Norman Moon, a Clinton appointee as noted by The Hill, refused Liberty University’s challenge on the basis of ObamaCare funding for abortion, writing that since everyone at some time will seek health care services, the decision whether to buy insurance has a significant impact on interstate commerce and falls under the jurisdiction of Congress: “I hold that there is a rational basis for Congress to conclude that individuals’ decisions about how and when to pay for health care are activities...
  • Mandate Mania

    11/24/2010 4:26:27 PM PST · by Alyssa Kaeding · 1 replies
    Alyssa Kaeding's Blog ^ | October 29, 2010 | Alyssa Kaeding
    Mandates are the new, hip thing on Capitol Hill these days. Mandates for what health insurance companies must cover. Mandates for what kind of cars should be produced with what material and with what gas mileage. Mandates for banks to lower their lending standards for people wanting to purchase a home was a popular one the past decade. Mandates for how much energy a given company is allowed to use is one mandate that is still up for debate. Have you ever stopped to think about the consequences for this kind of mandate mania? ....go to my blog to read...
  • The pain begins

    09/23/2010 2:38:48 AM PDT · by Scanian · 14 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 23, 2010 | Michael Tanner
    Today, six months since Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, President Obama will be celebrating the signature achievement of his administration. It's apt to be a lonely celebration: Few Democratic candidates are willing to talk about the health-care bill -- except the ones running ads to remind the electorate that they voted against it. Still, the president will speak today before a group of state insurance regulators, while a coalition of labor unions and liberal activist groups organize rallies around the country. They'll undoubtedly focus on some of the new law's more popular provisions, many of which...
  • Health care mandates result in 18% premium increase in Connecticut

    09/17/2010 6:13:59 PM PDT · by Steve495 · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Radio Vice Online ^ | Sept. 17, 2010 | Steve McGough
    All across the United States, health insurance companies like Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Connecticut are meeting with state insurance regulators about premiums. During the past couple of weeks, Anthem proved to Connecticut state regulators an average 18 percent premium increase reflected the requirements of federal health care mandates and increased provider costs. Of course, liberals and Senate candidate Attorney General Dick Blumenthal pull the "they are screwing us" card once again.
  • Are Amish and Muslims exempt from Obamacare mandates?

    09/11/2010 11:48:57 AM PDT · by Undocumented_capitalist · 22 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 09/11/2010 | Drew Zahn
    The recent health-care reform legislation carries a controversial mandate that all Americans obtain health insurance, but careful study of the passed law reveals there are some groups the Amish, for example that can obtain an exemption. For devout Muslims, however, whose religious beliefs forbid purchasing insurance...
  • Updates on rationing, taxes, and Obamacare

    07/21/2010 4:38:01 AM PDT · by Scanian · 13 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 19, 2010 | Abby Wisse Schachter
    The Economist wants to ease Americans concerns about Donald Berwicks recess appointment : Every health system rations in some way or other; the demand for health care is always greater than the resources available. The question is whether rationing is done openly and as sensibly as possibleor done implicitly, through murky pricing, bureaucratic fiat or denial of care. Even Paul Ryan, a leading Republican congressman, has acknowledged this. Rationing happens today! The question is who will do it? The government? Or you, your doctor and your family? he asks. The most objectionable aspect of Dr Berwicks recess appointment is that...
  • Florida GOP Wants Voters to Reject Obama Health Care Law

    04/22/2010 4:35:48 PM PDT · by flfreedom · 8 replies · 260+ views
    The News Service of Florida ^ | 4/22/10 | flfreedom
    Florida GOP Wants Voters to Reject Obama Health Care Law By Michael Peltier The News Service of Florida Florida voters will be asked in November to defy federal attempts to require Florida residents to carry health insurance under a proposed constitutional amendment that cleared its last legislative hurdle Thursday. In separate actions and following debate in both chambers, the House and Senate approved HJR 37, a joint resolution meant to nullify recent federal health care reforms if approved by voters in November, though opponents question whether the proposal will stand up in the courts. The House vote was 75-42. The...
  • Four Million Americans To Pay ObamaCare Fine In 2016

    04/22/2010 12:22:45 PM PDT · by Slyscribe · 26 replies · 842+ views
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 4/22/2010 | David Hogberg
    AP reports that 4 million Americans the vast majority of them middle class will have to pay the new penalty for not getting health insurance when President Barack Obamas health care overhaul law kicks in, according to congressional estimates released Thursday. The penalties will average a little more than $1,000 apiece in 2016, the Congressional Budget Office said in a report. Penalties will be phased in from 2014. By 2016, the fine will be $695 or 2.5% of household income, whichever is greater. More than a dozen states are challenging the individual mandate in federal court as unconstitutional.
  • What Should we do About National Health Care? Nullify Now!

    04/19/2010 11:15:31 AM PDT · by RepublicnotaDemocracy · 9 replies · 433+ views
    Tenth Amendment Center ^ | 04-18-10 | Michael Boldin
    Thomas Jefferson and James Madison both warned us that if the federal government ever became the sole and exclusive arbiter of the extent of its own powers that power would endlessly growregardless of elections, separation of powers, courts, or other vaunted parts of our system. Question What do we do about it? The Federal Health Care Nullification Act. This Act is not over 1000 pages. Its not 500 pages. Its not a dozen, or even two. Its one single page to nullify now. Heres a majority of what it says: The Legislature of the State of _______________ declares...
  • Hillsdale College Prof. Terrence Moore: "Dressing Up Standards, Dumbing Down Schools"

    04/06/2010 12:14:46 PM PDT · by hillsdale1 · 14 replies · 873+ views ^ | 4/4/10 | Prof. Terrence Moore
    Beware of Greeks bearing gifts, Homer teaches us, something every school child used to know. Beware of politicians and expert educators bearing standards, the last seventy years or more of Progressive education should have taught us. But we are slow to learn.
  • A word about mandates

    04/02/2010 7:18:24 PM PDT · by hagendaz · 3 replies · 193+ views
    Power is always shifting and with the coming Republican majority (I hope) perhaps we should remind those on the left that if the Constitution and the Interstate Commerce Clause gives a Democratic Majority the power to mandate everyone buy health insurance, then it also provides a Republican majority the authority to madate everyone puchase at least one handgun, one SUV and one Hank Williams Jr. CD.... luckily they will all be made available at the annual madated Nascar Race we will each required to attend.
  • Unfunded Mandates vs. Federal Monies: Which is Greater?

    03/31/2010 6:52:35 AM PDT · by Suz in AZ · 1 replies · 276+ views
    vanity | 3/31/2010 | me
    Which is greater, unfunded federal mandates on the states or the money that states receive? The argument has been in the past that if the mandates aren't paid for by the states, then they won't get the federal funds for other things. Which is greater? It seems to me that if the mandates are greater than the goodies received, then there is no motive to participate. Not participating in the unfunded mandates, despite losing other federal funds, would be a net win for the state. Anyone know? Also (not sure how accurate this is)... just heard last night that the...
  • Bill Clinton's Unfunded Mandates Reform Act Of 1995 Could Pose Significant Problems For ObamaCare

    03/28/2010 1:20:50 PM PDT · by Anti-Hillary · 84 replies · 6,365+ views
    3-28-10 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Under this act, any new legislation that proposes a mandate on state and local governments estimated to cost more than $50 million dollars must have a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate and provide the funding to pay for the mandates. How many states are going to have to deal with unfunded mandates that far exceed $50 million dollars and into the tens of billions of dollars each year and pertain to a host of services that will have to be funded by the federal gov't under ObamaCare? If the unfunded mandates are funded, that would skyrocket the actual cost of...
  • Did Romney Endorse Federal Mandate?

    03/25/2010 11:24:58 AM PDT · by Josh Painter · 15 replies · 233+ views
    The Plum Line ^ | 03/25/2010, 10:26 AM EST | Greg Sargent
    The DNC has a new Web vid out mocking Mitt Romneys increasingly contorted positions on the individual mandate. As you know, he backs it on the state level as rooted in conservative principles (a la Romneycare), but hes been warning that implementing it on the Federal level (a la Obamacare) constitutes a frightening abuse of power that conservatives everywhere should resist. But, unless Im missing something, the DNC appears to have unearthed video of Romney, during the 2008 GOP presidential primary, coming very close to endorsing the Federal mandate. The key bit comes at around 45 seconds in...
  • 'Reform' peril for NY: Hidden Medicaid cost explosion

    03/23/2010 4:01:02 AM PDT · by Scanian · 9 replies · 646+ views
    NY Post ^ | March 23, 2010 | Editorial
    No matter what you think about the legislative maneuvers to get ObamaCare passed, you have to hand it to New York's representatives: At least they didn't engage in "Cornhusker Kickback" deals to get their constituents to bite on expanded Medicaid costs. But New York taxpayers need to watch out: As things stand now, they're set to be blindsided by a Medicaid fiscal hand grenade on a five-year fuse. Helping the state avoid the coming nightmare is the clear duty of New York's senior senator, Chuck Schumer -- one of the top Democrats in the Senate. You see, the Senate this...
  • Madam Pelosi's House Of Ill Repute

    03/22/2010 4:49:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 1,096+ views ^ | March 22, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    The Vote: Conned by the promise of an ephemeral executive order, the last holdouts cave and ObamaCare advances. It doesn't add a single doctor or hospital room, but needs 17,000 new IRS agents to enforce it. Congressman Bart Stupak, D-Mich., spent months spelling out in minute detail how the Senate version of the health care overhaul permitted federal funding of abortion through its failure to expressly prohibit it. In the end, he cashed in his principles for an unenforceable executive order that is trumped by the Senate bill he voted to pass. An executive order is not the law of...
  • Liberty Or Debt

    03/19/2010 4:33:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies · 893+ views ^ | March 19, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    States' Rights: Idaho requires its attorney general to sue the feds if ObamaCare passes while Virginia, the cradle of liberty, heads the line of states in front of the federal courtroom. Somewhere Patrick Henry is smiling. As the second coming of King George III seeks to impose the leftist mandate of national health insurance on the unwilling American people, the states are once again in revolt. This time they're unwilling to be the colonies of an imperial federal government determined to spend and tax us into bankruptcy while treating the Constitution as if it were bird cage liner. Is this...
  • Obamacare Bill Turns the IRS Into the Secret Police

    03/18/2010 9:00:22 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 19 replies · 720+ views
    The Lid/House Ways and Means ^ | 3/18/2010 | The Lid
    No three letters strike fear in the hearts of Americans that I-R-S. According to a new report by the GOP members of the House Ways and Means committee, If the Senate Obamacare bill gets passed by the house, the IRS is going to gets a lot more intimidating because it is going to get a slew of new responsibilities. They will be sort of like Barack Obama's not so secret health insurance police. If the Democrats health care bill becomes law, the IRS could have to hire more than 16,000 additional agents, auditors and other workers just to enforce all...
  • Health 'reformers' in wonderland

    03/02/2010 3:28:15 AM PST · by Scanian · 5 replies · 388+ views
    NY Post ^ | March 2, 2010 | THOMAS SOWELL
    Most health-care discussions are like something out of Alice in Wonder land. The biggest complaint about the medical care is "it costs too much." Yet one looks in vain for anything in the pending legislation that will lower the costs. One of the biggest reasons for higher medical costs is that somebody else is paying those costs, whether an insurance company or the government. What's the politicians' answer? To have more costs paid by insurance companies and the government. Back when the "single payer" was the patient, people were more selective about what they spent their money on. You went...