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  • Obama issues stern language on Supreme Court health care decision (Sit down Napoleon!)

    04/02/2012 1:49:33 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 44 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 04/02/2012 | Rachel Rose Hartman
    President Obama on Monday issued stern language to the Supreme Court of the United States regarding his health care law, expressing confidence "Obamacare" will not be overturned by the nation's highest court. "I'm confident this will be upheld because it should be upheld," the president said Monday afternoon at a White House press conference that included ‪Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon, who are attending the North American Leaders' Summit. The president said overturning the law would be "an unprecedented and extraordinary step" and compared the court's rejection of the law to "judicial activism."
  • Notice: Free Republic has been in full rebellion mode since 2008 and will remain so for the duration

    04/11/2012 8:04:00 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 1,464 replies
    Click here to pledge your support! ^ | April 11, 2012 | Jim Robinson
    Notice: Free Republic has been in full rebellion mode since 2008 and will remain in full rebellion mode for the duration! No more Doles!! No more McCains!! No more RINOS!! NO ROMNEY!! Those who cannot stomach rebellion might as well start looking for a new home on the net!! Those who have ignored my hundreds of posts on this crucial issue or who have doubted me these last three or four years might as well get used to it. FR will never support the abortionist, homosexualist, socialist, mandate loving, constitution trampling liar Mitt Romney. In case you haven't noticed, a...
  • Obamacare abortion mandate withers, More states opting out of extremist liberal plan

    04/11/2012 4:37:48 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 11, 2012 | By Daniel McConchie and Mary Harned
    The Department of Health and Human Services has set in motion the Obamacare abortion premium mandate, a provision that permits insurance plans that cover abortions to participate in state exchanges and requires all enrollees in those plans - even those with religious and moral objections to abortion - to pay a separate monthly premium to cover abortions. But many states are diligently passing laws to stop it. The administration’s health care law permits a state to opt out of allowing health insurance plans that cover abortions to participate in the new health insurance exchanges within that state and thereby prohibit...
  • Doctors worried about impact of Obamacare

    04/11/2012 4:33:55 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Global Post ^ | April 11, 2012 | by Alexander Besant
    In a survey of 500 young doctors conducted this week, a majority responded that they felt pessimistic about the future of the US health care system, with the new healthcare law their central concern. Reuters reported Wednesday that 57 percent of the young doctors (those under 40) that responded to the survey said that the Affordable Health Care Act, so called "Obamacare," would have a negative impact on their practices. This is in contrast to the 23 percent that said it would be positive. The Baby Center website cited other surveys that found similar results among doctors, such as the...
  • A brief digest of "conservative" Romney's greatest accomplishments

    Romney's "accomplishments". 1. Implemented/created Gay Marriage in MA 2. Supported and forced Gay Adoption in MA 3. Supported Abortion wholeheartedly 4. Raised taxes/fees over 300% while being Governor of MA 5. Implemented a state-level Cap and Trade system. 6. Supported Man-Made Global Warming 7. Supported the Brady Bill 8. Implemented a state level “Assault” Weapons Bill after the Federal AWB was allowed to expire 9. Supported TARP 10. Supported Amnesty for Illegal Aliens (Citizenship for those already here) 11. Supported McCain-Kennedy(Amenesty) 12. Implemented a socialized medicine in MA called RomneyCare complete with an Individual Mandate and $50 abortions 13. Nominated...
  • A Plan to End ObamaCare — and the Current Health Care Status Quo

    04/11/2012 12:56:56 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/10/2012 | Jack McHugh
    In his 2006 book "In Our Hands: A Plan to End the Welfare State," author Charles Murray proposed eliminating welfare, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, etc., and just giving every adult American $10,000 per year. Murray argues this would "supercharge" the voluntary institutions of civil society (the heartfelt interactions of families, friends, coworkers, charities, private groups, associations, religious organizations, etc.), and generate an improvement in public and private virtue. The overall plausibility and ramifications of this proposal will be left for another day, but for those who concede as Murray does that income redistribution at some level isn't going away any...
  • (Vanity) A Thorn By Any Other Name

    04/10/2012 6:28:31 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 10 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 04-10-2012 | grey_whiskers
    I wish I had thought of this sooner. But you know, we all ought to start calling Obamacare by a new name, the "Barack Obama Health Insurance Commerce Act". BOHICA. I guess Sarah Palin won't be losing any sleep over this, what with her "Death Panels" tweet and all. Still, every little bit helps.
  • Freep a Poll! (Fox. Will obamacare add to the national deficit?)

    04/10/2012 2:32:30 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 22 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 4-10-12 | Fox News
    WIll ObamaCare add to the national deficit? Not sure, but I think we need to know for sure before the entire law kicks in. Yes. When taken in its entirety, it's a good law that will save billions of dollars. No. Even the Congressional Budget Office estimated last year that the law would increase the deficit. Other (post a comment)
  • Why is the IRS Diverting $500 Million to Enforce Obamacare?

    04/10/2012 10:40:04 AM PDT · by 92nina · 18 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-04-09 | John Kartch
    Millions of Americans are struggling to meet the April 17 IRS tax filing deadline. [Yester]day, The Hill newspaper report[ed] that the IRS is receiving an emergency infusion of $500 million from the Obama administration – not to enforce the existing convoluted tax code – but to impose the 2,700-page Obamacare law on an unwilling country. Why would the IRS need hundreds of millions of dollars to implement a healthcare law? Because Obamacare is one of the largest tax hikes in history, saddling American families and small employers with 20 new or higher taxes. Click below to see the full list...
  • Family health care costs to exceed $20,000 this year

    04/10/2012 9:40:22 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 12 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 3/29/2012 | Jessica Dickler
    Three days of Supreme Court arguments have left the fate of the 2010 health care reform law uncertain. What is certain, however, is that health care costs are continuing to eat away at consumers' budgets. The cost to cover the typical family of four under an employer plan is expected to top $20,000 on health care this year, up more than 7% from last year, according to early projections by independent actuarial and health care consulting firm Milliman Inc. In 2002, the cost was just $9,235, the firm said. The projected increase marks the fifth year in a row that...
  • Obamacare’s fake accounting

    04/10/2012 9:24:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 1 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 10, 2012 | Jennifer Rubin
    Charles Blahous, a senior research fellow George Mason University and one of the two public trustees for the Social Security and Medicare programs, is out with a study that confirms the common-sense argument conservatives have been making for years: You can’t vastly expand and subsidize gold-plated health-care insurance and expect to save money. What is at issue is the difference between government accounting and a realistic assessment of our future costs. Although the Congressional Budget Office and Medicare Trustees accounting conventions have obscured the economic impact of Obamacare, in plain terms it will cost us more money than it will...
  • AG Ken Cuccinelli part of forum on health care reform law

    04/10/2012 9:15:49 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke
    While the Supreme Court prepares its ruling on federal health care reform, a leading opponent of the law joined local leaders Monday night in a forum on the Affordable Care Act. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli was one of 7 panelists in the forum held at Bristol Regional Medical Center. He filed Virginia's lawsuit against the federal government and tonight said he hopes the high court will rule it unconstitutional. “This isn't about health care,” says Cuccinelli. “It's about liberty. If the federal government can order us what health insurance we're going to buy, they can order us what car...
  • For the Elderly, Emergency Rooms of Their Own

    04/10/2012 7:15:32 AM PDT · by Haiku Guy · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 4/10/12 | ANEMONA HARTOCOLLIS
    There were no beeping machines or blinking lights or scurrying medical residents. A volunteer circulated among the patients like a flight attendant, making soothing conversation and offering reading glasses, Sudoku puzzles and hearing aids. Above them, an artificial sun shined through a skylight imprinted with a photographic rendering of a robin’s-egg-blue sky, puffy clouds and leafy trees. Ms. Spielberger, who is in her 80s, was even getting into the spirit of the place, despite her unnerving condition. “It’s beautiful,” she said. “Everything here is wonderful.” Yet this was an emergency room, one specifically designed for the elderly, part of a...
  • Obama healthcare law could sharply worsen U.S. deficits - study

    04/10/2012 3:34:42 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 5 replies
    reuters ^ | 4/10/2012 | John Crawley
    President Barack Obama's healthcare law could sharply exceed its cost-savings targets and add up to $530 billion to the federal budget deficit, a leading authority on U.S. government benefit programs said on Tuesday. A study by Charles Blahous, a George Mason University research fellow and the Republican trustee for the Medicare and Social Security entitlement programs for the elderly, challenges the administration's contention that the 2010 law would better keep healthcare costs in line. Known as the "Affordable Care Act," or "Obamacare," the measure to expand health insurance for millions of Americans is considered Obama's signature domestic policy achievement. The...
  • Sentenced to death for being old: The NHS denies life-saving treatment to the elderly, as one man's

    04/09/2012 8:17:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/9/12 | ohn Naish
    When Kenneth Warden was diagnosed with terminal bladder cancer, his hospital consultant sent him home to die, ruling that at 78 he was too old to treat. Even the palliative surgery or chemotherapy that could have eased his distressing symptoms were declared off-limits because of his age. His distraught daughter Michele Halligan accepted the sad prognosis but was determined her father would spend his last months in comfort. So she paid for him to seen privately by a second doctor to discover what could be done to ease his symptoms. Thanks to her tenacity, Kenneth got the drugs and surgery...
  • Obama administration diverts $500M to IRS to implement healthcare reform law

    04/09/2012 4:25:20 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4-9-12 | Sam Baker
    The Obama administration is quietly diverting roughly $500 million to the IRS to help implement the president’s healthcare law. The money is only part of the IRS’s total implementation spending, and it is being provided outside the normal appropriations process. The tax agency is responsible for several key provisions of the new law, including the unpopular individual mandate. Republican lawmakers have tried to cut off funding to implement the healthcare law, at least until after the Supreme Court decides whether to strike it down. That ruling is expected by June, and oral arguments last week indicated the justices might well...
  • WH: $500M to IRS to implement 'tax breaks' (Obama demands you give the IRS your health records)

    04/09/2012 3:29:59 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 24 replies
    washington Examiner ^ | 4/9/2012 | byJoel Gehrke
    President Obama has sent $500 million to the Internal Revenue Service, despite congressional objection, to help implement "tax breaks" in Obamacare, according to his spokesman. "My understanding is that this is about enabling the IRS to provide the, essentially the tax breaks to small businesses and individuals to assist them in acquiring health insurance -- or in the case of small businesses providing health insurance," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters today. The IRS is tasked with enforcing the individual mandate in Obamacare.
  • Country Cannot Afford Obamacare

    04/09/2012 8:19:53 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Detroit News ^ | 4/8/2012 | Joseph Lehman
    This week, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is celebrating its recent two-year anniversary in front of the Supreme Court. The controversial law finds itself in front of the highest court in the land after 26 states — 10 of which are represented in this statement — joined together to challenge its constitutionality. After ferocious public debate and two years of implementation, the legislation still faces an uncertain fate — and the Obama administration still finds itself working to convince a majority of Americans that its signature health care reform isn't a bad thing. Current Gallup polling shows about...
  • Spain: How about making rich pay for health care?

    04/09/2012 7:33:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    AP via Google News ^ | April 9, 2012 | By DANIEL WOOLLS
    MADRID (AP) — Spain should consider making richer people pay for their universal health coverage, the country's economy minister said Monday in another reflection of a government scraping and clawing for new sources of revenue. The ruling party quickly disavowed him, saying the official was only expressing a personal opinion. Spain should mull the idea of making people who earn more than €100,000 ($130,000) a year pay for state-administered health care that is financed with taxpayer money. Few people earn that much in Spain, where the average salary is about €20,000 a year, and many make even less. The unemployment...
  • On courts' role, Obama not clueless, just pandering

    04/08/2012 1:50:35 PM PDT · by Mark Landsbaum · 12 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 4-8-2012 | The Orange County Register Editorial Board
    President Barack Obama, stung by indications the Supreme Court may overturn his landmark health care law, reacted last week unlike a constitutional scholar, which he was at the University of Chicago, and more like a politician seeking reelection, which he is. The president pronounced: "I am confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress." Mr. Obama appeared to be warning the high court against overturning his signature legislative achievement, by invalidating an act of Congress. But even...
  • Editorial: To cut health costs, doctors, hospitals must end unneeded medical procedures

    04/08/2012 12:06:47 PM PDT · by SmithL · 48 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 4/8/12 | Editor
    For weeks now, the nation has been riveted by arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court over one provision of the Affordable Care Act. Does the law's requirement that every adult buy health insurance violate the U.S. Constitution? We think it does not. Yet even if the court ultimately shares that view, the federal health care reform law will face monumental hurdles to be successfully implemented. The biggest of these is its cost. Can the nation afford to insure all its citizens? If we don't get a handle on rising health care costs the answer to that more important question is...
  • Too big to fail, too long to read

    04/08/2012 6:43:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 12 replies
    North Platte Telegraph (NE) ^ | April 8, 2012 | Editorial
    As we await the U.S. Supreme Court decision sometime in June on President Obama's Affordable Care Act, Americans are pondering what will happen if the insurance mandate portion of the 2,700-page bill is ruled unconstitutional, a very real possibility given the tough questioning the provision received when the court heard oral arguments last week. However you stand on the question of requiring Americans to purchase health insurance, the possibility of rejecting the primary funding provision of the law, and allowing the rest of the huge law to stand, is a dire prospect. Even our free-spending lawmakers flinch at the possibility...
  • Affordable Care Act a leap forward for women

    04/08/2012 6:27:19 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 60 replies
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | April 7, 2012 | by Cate Edwards
    The Supreme Court is again at the center of a highly controversial policy debate, having just heard arguments for the Affordable Care Act. There's been much discussion about the justices' supposed political agendas. I've heard fear-mongering about government takeovers and rumors of increased business costs. But I haven't heard much about what's really at stake: the welfare of the American people -- specifically women. Women like my mother and the other mothers, wives, sisters and daughters who need preventive services to ensure that they are healthy. Our Constitution was created to "promote the general welfare." So a court that strikes...
  • Who needs a Supreme Court?

    04/08/2012 6:13:14 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Hernando Today (FL) ^ | April 8, 2012 | Staff
    It is becoming more and more apparent that the present occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, D.C., is like a petulant child if he doesn't get his way. To say that he is audacious is an understatement. He is more of a recalcitrant individual who, by the way, takes many liberties with the facts. His latest tirade against the Supreme Court of the United States is yet another example of a ruler, not a leader. For a constitutional law professor, he must have been asleep when the class was studying the Constitution. He certainly must have never heard of Marbury...
  • A Black Man, The Progressive’s Perfect Trojan Horse

    04/07/2012 6:22:24 PM PDT · by Iam1ru1-2 · 10 replies
    lloydmarcus.com ^ | Lloyd Marcus
    As millions of my fellow Americans, I am outraged, devastated and extremely angry by the democrat’s unbelievable arrogance and disdain for We The People. Despite our screaming “no” from the rooftops, they forced Obamacare down our throats. Please forgive me for using the following crude saying, but it is very appropriate to describe what has happened. “Don’t urinate on me and tell me it’s raining.” Democrats say their mission is to give all Americans health care. The democrats are lying. Signing Obamacare into law against our will and the Constitution is tyranny and step one of their hideous goal of...
  • Supreme Court should give Congress a do-over on health care reform

    04/08/2012 6:00:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 54 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | April 7, 2012 | BY E.THOMAS MCCLANAHAN
    Last week, President Barack Obama laid down a marker to the Supreme Court: Invalidate the health care law, and the court itself will become an issue in the election. It’s impossible to make any sense of this. Overturning a statute is “unprecedented”? Obama supposedly taught constitutional law, yet there he was, speaking as if he’d never heard of judicial review — practiced by American courts for more than two centuries — while pretending that a bill that barely escaped a Senate filibuster and passed the House by a mere seven votes had drawn a “strong” majority. The next day, he...
  • The smartest president in history?

    04/08/2012 5:40:42 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 61 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | April 8, 2012 | by George Parry
    Despite 40 years of practicing law, I am no expert when it comes to arguing appeals. But I do know enough not to gratuitously insult and try to humiliate the appellate judges who will decide my client's case. Apparently they don't teach those fundamentals at Harvard Law School. How else to explain the absolutely boneheaded attempts by President Obama, a past president of the Harvard Law Review, to intimidate the U.S. Supreme Court as it decides the constitutional fate of Obamacare? And he did this when anyone who could see past his next meal knew that Obamacare, which was being...
  • Obama echoes conservatives on 'activist' court

    04/08/2012 5:28:56 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 8, 2012 | by Dan Freedman
    It may be too little too late, but the Obama administration is using conservative legal ideas to win support from Supreme Court justices - and the general public - for its signature health care law. Obama even invoked the conservative mantra on "judicial restraint" and "judicial activism," and how conservatives traditionally decry "an unelected group" of judges overturning "a duly constituted and passed law." Obama "knows that nothing he says will matter to them at this point," said Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Irvine School of Law. "I think it was a statement with a political goal, not a legal...
  • Illegal Aliens Find Detention in U.S. May Be Good for Their Health

    04/07/2012 8:57:11 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 12 replies
    CNS News ^ | 4/6/2012 | Susan Jones
    CNSNews.com) - The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency is touting the "quality" medical care it provides for 15,000 illegal aliens who are housed at 21 detention facilities throughout the nation. "A detainee's health care begins the moment they walk through the facility's doors," said Dr. Jon Krohmer, assistant director for ICE Health Service Corps (IHSC). "Within the first 12 hours of their admission, all detainees undergo a preliminary health screening, which includes an evaluation of the individual's medical, dental and mental health status; and within the next 14 days, a more detailed physical examination takes place." Because so many...
  • EDITORIAL: Obama’s war on the courts

    04/07/2012 2:41:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 6, 2012 | Editorial
    Administration fears ruling will strike down Obamacare as unconstitutionalWord seems to have gone out in liberal circles that Obamacare is in trouble with the Supreme Court. A systematic and unprecedented assault is undermining the integrity of the system in an attempt to defend this highly unpopular law. President Obama claimed Tuesday that the court has not overturned a congressional economic regulation in more than 80 years, saying, “a law like that has not been overturned at least since Lochner, right?” Well, wrong. The 1905 case of Lochner v. New York dealt with a state statute and had nothing to do...
  • Meet Paul Clement, The Man On The Verge Of Destroying Obamacare

    04/06/2012 5:02:52 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 30 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 6, 2012 | Brett LoGiurato
    Up stepped Clement, the man who has helped put the fate of Obama’s signature legislative achievement in doubt. The cliché among experts is that though a Supreme Court case is rarely won on the oral arguments, it can often be lost. In this case, the stark contrast between the unflappable Paul Clement, a former Solicitor General himself, and the at-times shaky Verrilli. One thing in Paul Clement’s expansive arsenal is that he is quick on his feet. Another thing is that he is clued in to what animates the judges, what earns their attention. “Let me just finish by saying...
  • Did Scalia Parrot Fox News During Health-Care Arguments?

    04/06/2012 2:01:41 PM PDT · by IndePundit · 27 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 5, 2012 | Matthew DeLuca
    Is Roger Ailes clerking for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia? One might be forgiven for thinking so following last week’s oral arguments on the health-care law before the nation’s highest court. As has been pointed out elsewhere, some of Scalia’s questions from the bench made use of the tone and even the diction of the attacks on the Affordable Care Act frequently heard on Fox News and conservative talk-radio shows. After Scalia picked up on the idea that a government empowered to have its citizens buy health insurance or face a penalty may also strong arm them into buy some...
  • Obama to Make Supreme Court Campaign Issue

    04/06/2012 12:58:28 PM PDT · by sreastman · 15 replies
    Faith Issues ^ | 4/6/2012 | Jay Sekulow
    by Jay Sekulow, Faith Issues There's no question about it. President Obama's warning to the Supreme Court about ObamaCare has accomplished one thing. He has assured that the Supreme Court will be front-and-center in the upcoming presidential campaign. It will be a campaign issue. A political issue. The president's chastisement of the Justices is extraordinary. Going well beyond expressing his opinion about whether ObamaCare will survive the constitutional challenges, the president unleashed what can only be seen as a tactic to intimidate - to influence - the high court. The president argued that declaring ObamaCare unconstitutional would be "unprecedented" and...
  • Penalizing for not buying insurance is not a burden, but insisting on free ID to vote IS a burden

    04/06/2012 10:28:03 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 5 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-06-12 | DrJohn
    The Obamacare individual mandate demands that everyone have insurance coverage and penalizes those who do not carry insurance. The fine for not purchasing health insurance under PPACA is $95 per person in 2014 (or 1% of taxable income, whichever is greater), $325 in 2015 (or 2%), and $695 in 2016 (or 2.5%). Thereafter, the mandate is indexed to inflation. But hold on, there are exemptions: In addition, many people are exempted from the mandate, such as those for whom premiums exceed 8 percent of household income. Hence, as premiums increase, more and more people will be exempted from the...
  • Why the Supreme Court Will Strike Down All of Obamacare

    04/06/2012 6:24:41 AM PDT · by libstripper · 86 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 5, 2012 | Peter Ferrara
    Barack Obama made a national laughingstock out of himself with his recent comments on the Obamacare law now before the Supreme Court. Obama said on Monday, “I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.” (emphasis added)
  • The Vetting: Obama Exploited Catholics To Push Universal Health Care In Illinois

    04/05/2012 9:26:56 PM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 7 replies
    Big Government ^ | 04-06-12 | Charles C. Johnson
    In 1999, then-State Senator Barack Obama invoked the late radical Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, who passed away in 1996, to promote a universal health care law he co-sponsored and which Illinois voters had overwhelmingly rejected. The bill incorporated language directly from the late cardinal’s 1995 pastoral letter, “A Sign of Hope,” which argued for a “fundamental right” to healthcare, reading, in part: “Health care is an essential safeguard of human life and dignity, and there is an obligation for society to ensure that every person be able to realize that right.” Supporters of single payer health care, like Dr. Quentin Young...
  • "Obamacare's Assault on Religious Liberty" Live Webcast Tuesday, April 10, 2012 Noon EST

    04/05/2012 8:48:05 PM PDT · by iowamark · 9 replies
    Hillsdale College ^ | 04/05/2012 | Paul A. Rahe
    Hillsdale College First Principles on First Fridays lecture: “Obamacare's Assault on Religious Liberty” Funding for this month’s First Principles on First Fridays program has been provided by the Philip M. McKenna Foundation.Paul A. RaheCharles O. Lee and Louise K. Lee Chair in Western Heritage, Hillsdale CollegeDownload the Flier.Tuesday, April 10, 201212:00 - 1:00 p.m.Please note that this month’s program will take place on a Tuesday in deference to Good Friday.Paul A. Rahe holds the Charles O. Lee and Louise K. Lee Chair in Western Heritage and is Professor of History at Hillsdale College. He earned his Ph.D. from Yale University...
  • Europe Is Baffled by the U.S. Supreme Court

    04/05/2012 6:24:07 PM PDT · by TexasNative2000 · 84 replies
    The Atlantic Wire ^ | 4.5.2012 | John Hudson
    Europe is scratching its head over possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down President Obama's signature legislative achievement. As the judiciary and the Obama administration trade legal barbs over the high court's authority, the idea that health care coverage, largely considered a universal right in Europe, could be deemed an affront to liberty is baffling. "The Supreme Court can legitimately return Obamacare?" asks a headline on the French news site 9 POK . The article slowly walks through the legal rationale behind the court's right to wipe away Congress's legislation. "Sans précédent, extraordinaires" reads the article. In the...
  • NBC Accuses Federal Judge of Bringing Politics Into Courtroom By Questioning Obama

    04/05/2012 5:11:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | April 5, 2012 | Kyle Drennen
    On Wednesday's NBC Nightly News, anchor Brian Williams accused a federal judge of bringing politics into the judicial process simply by ordering the Justice Department to explain controversial comments President Obama made against the Supreme Court: "Politics are ideally supposed to stay out of the nation's courtrooms, but that's not what happened this week in a federal courtroom in Texas." In report that followed, correspondent Pete Williams proclaimed: "The political controversy spilled into a Texas federal court, where the rules are designed to filter out politics, interrupting arguments about a challenge to part of the Obama health care law." Williams...
  • Two Years Later—The ObamaCare Lies Continue

    04/05/2012 4:42:21 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | April 5, 2012
    The Obama Record: Little noticed in the president's remarks attacking the Supreme Court last week were two whoppers he told about ObamaCare. Then again, since that reform was built on untruths, why should he stop now? At that press event, Obama told any justice thinking of overturning ObamaCare's central tenet that "in the absence of an individual mandate, you cannot have a mechanism to ensure that people with pre-existing conditions can actually get health care." But this is false. In fact, Obama himself argued precisely the opposite during the 2008 campaign, saying a mandate wasn't needed to achieve universal coverage....
  • Obama's top attorney tells the court, "Nevermind."

    04/05/2012 1:53:47 PM PDT · by landsbaum · 44 replies
    When our president, a, ahem, constitutional scholar, berated the court for having the audacity to consider overturning an unconstitutional law, he implied justices should think twice before doing such an unprecedented thing. Of course, Barack Obama was revealing himself to be anything but a constitutional scholar. A mere appellate court judge got so miffed he ordered the Obama Administration to submit a three-page, single-spaced paper today explaining how judicial review is something the court has the authority to do. So, Eric Holder, who currently holds the position of Attorney General in the admnistration, submitted the letter. Here’s what Holder had...
  • How Romney Advocated Obamacare and Lied About It

    04/05/2012 12:44:33 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 5 replies
    nymag.com ^ | March 25, 2012 9:19:20 AM | Jonathan Chait
    In 2009, Mitt Romney had a problem. He was running for the Republican presidential nomination, and the towering achievement of his governorship in Massachusetts — health-care reform — had been embraced by President Obama. Romneycare played almost no role in Romney’s 2008 presidential run, but the emergence of the issue onto the national agenda threatened to link Romney with a president Republicans had already come to loathe. His solution was simple. He seized upon the one major difference between his plan and Obama’s, which was that Obama favored a public health insurance option. The public plan had commanded enormous public...
  • GOP lawmakers: Obama is “threatening” and “intimidating” the Supreme Court

    04/05/2012 12:23:45 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 12:25 pm on April 3, 2012 | Tina Korbe
    The president’s comments yesterday to the effect that it would be “unprecedented” for the Supreme Court to declare a law unconstitutional have aroused ire on both sides of the aisle — but some GOPers are going so far as to suggest the comments essentially amount to an attempt to intimidate the Supreme Court. Mitt Romney didn’t outright say that — but he insinuated it. Republican Mitt Romney wondered if Obama was trying to intimidate the court, but added that “I don’t think that would work.”“I also think it’s quite a curious turn of events to start complaining about an activist...
  • Eric Holder Letter

    04/05/2012 11:22:21 AM PDT · by norwaypinesavage · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/5/2012 | Holder
    Here is the Holder Letter. The question now is: "Is the distortion intentional?
  • Why not have nationalized health care as they do in Britain?

    04/05/2012 11:16:45 AM PDT · by landsbaum · 33 replies
    The defenders of Obamacare, it is pretty obvious, don’t intend to stop with dictating that you buy insurance, and what kind of insurance, and how much you must pay. They want a nationalized health care plan like Great Britain’s. Obamacare is a step, albeit a big step, in that direction. So, what would it be like to put the government in charge of your health care? Isn’t that British system wonderful? Not exactly. But George Orwell would recognize it. “An elderly woman was ordered to find a new GP because the ‘carbon footprint’ of her two-mile round trips to the...
  • McConnell to Obama: Back off SCOTUS

    04/05/2012 10:48:16 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 34 replies
    Politico ^ | | 4/5/12 11:59 AM EDT | MIKE ZAPLER
    The Republican backlash against President Barack Obama’s health care-SCOTUS remarks shows no sign of subsiding.In a noon speech today to the Rotary Club of Lexington, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell continued the GOP counteroffensive, telling the president to “back off” the Supreme Court.“The President crossed a dangerous line this week. And anyone who cares about liberty needs to call him out on it. The independence of the Court must be defended,” McConnell (R-Ky.) said, according to the prepared text of his speech released by his office. "So respectfully, I would suggest the President back off. Let the Court do its...
  • CBS reporter to Carney: President ‘made a mistake and you can’t admit it’

    04/05/2012 10:08:41 AM PDT · by Nachum · 82 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 4/5/12 | staff
    CBS News reporter Bill Plante challenged White House press secretary Jay Carney on President Obama’s statement Monday that for the Supreme Court to overturn the Affordable Care Act would be an “extraordinary, unprecedented step,” during a Thursday press briefing. BILL PLANTE: What he said on Monday was an obvious misspoken moment because he talked about the court not being in a position to overturn an of Congress— JAY CARNEY: Bill— PLANTE: You’re standing up there twisting yourself in knots, because he made a mistake and you can’t admit it. CARNEY: No, no, Bill, I am acknowledging that—you’re sharing in the...
  • Obama administration heeds judges' health care order-with link to Holder letter

    04/05/2012 10:19:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | April 5, 2012 | By Bill Mears
    <p>Administration lawyers met their deadline and filed a three-page, single-spaced letter -- following the specific instructions of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is hearing a challenge to the health care law. The letter affirmed the government's stance that federal courts indeed have the authority to decide the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act -- and any other law Congress passes.</p>
  • Questions the worthless MSM(Media) should be asking Obama on Judicial Activism and Restraint

    04/05/2012 10:06:56 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 29 replies
    4/5/2012 | sickoflibs
    Obama recent statements on the US Supreme Court Judicial Review: Obama: “ I'd just remind conservative commentators that for years what we've heard is, the biggest problem on the bench was judicial activism or a lack of judicial restraint — that an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law,” Obama said. “Well, this is a good example. And I'm pretty confident that this court will recognize that and not take that step.” ...... and....... Obama: “’I am confident,” announced the president of the United States, “that the Supreme Court will not take what would...
  • ObamaCare a federal scheme of POWER, not health

    04/05/2012 10:02:33 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/5/2012 | Doug Book
    A week ago, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy observed that implementation of the Affordable Care Act stood to “…change the relationship of the federal government to the individual in a very fundamental way.” (1) But though Kennedy was probably unaware of it at the time, that “change” is precisely what the authors of ObamaCare have hoped to impose on the American public for decades. For healthcare itself was never the real purpose of the massive, complex and overreaching law, as the following information should make clear. Charged with defending the Constitutionality of the Act before the Court, Solicitor General Donald...