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  • Ruling Expected Soon On Little-Known Case That Could Cause Major Problems For ObamaCare

    04/27/2016 3:58:28 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 16 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 4/26/2016 | John Merline
    ObamaCare has survived two high-profile trips to the Supreme Court largely unscathed, but a legal challenge that has so far attracted little attention poses a serious threat to the law.
  • This New Lawsuit Against Obamacare Has Legs

    10/04/2015 11:00:58 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 17 replies
    DailySignal.com ^ | 9/25/2015 | Hans von Spakovsky
    For those who thought that the†lawsuits†challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) were at an end, think again. On September 9, Judge Rosemary Collyer of the federal district court for the District of Columbia refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the entire U.S. House of Representatives against the Obama administration over its funding of certain aspects of Obamacare. This is a historic lawsuit and a historic†decision. In the past, individual members of Congress have filed a number of (unsuccessful) lawsuits against sitting administrations. But this is one of the few occasions when such a suit has been...
  • Obamacare Ruling May Have Just Killed State-Based Exchanges

    06/25/2015 8:28:26 AM PDT · by Theoria · 49 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 25 June 2015 | Margot Sanger-Katz
    Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that health insurance consumers can receive federal subsidies regardless of their stateís role in running their insurance market, fewer states may stay in the game.When the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, most people expected that each state would want to run its own health insurance marketplace. That never really happened, as many states opted to let the federal system, HealthCare.gov, do the work for them. Many of those states that did try running their own marketplaces are starting to think twice.Now, with the Supreme Court ensuring that every stateís consumers will have...
  • The twisted logic of John Robertsí ObamaCare ruling

    06/26/2015 4:50:25 AM PDT · by NJRighty · 45 replies
    New York Post ^ | 6/26/15 | John Podhoretz
    The logic of the Supreme Court ruling upholding the latest challenge to Obamacare is simple: ďCongress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not destroy them,Ē writes Chief Justice John Roberts in his 6-3 majority decision in the case of King v. Burwell. ďIf at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter.Ē This is obviously true ó and patently ridiculous. Itís true because of course the goal was to improve markets. Itís absurd because government policies often have the opposite effect of what is...
  • [VA] Supreme Court health-care ruling prompts new McAuliffe Medicaid push

    06/25/2015 5:46:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/25/15 | Laura Vozzella
    Soon after the Supreme Court salvaged a key part of the nation¬ís Affordable Care Act on Thursday, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was rallying the troops in the state capital to expand Medicaid under the law.¬ď[N]ow is the time to drop cynical efforts to prevent families from accessing care that will make their lives better,¬Ē McAuliffe said in a written statement. ¬ďWith this issue decided, I hope we can now put partisan politics aside and .‚ÄČ.‚ÄČ. close the coverage gap.¬ĒMcAuliffe (D) led a pitched and ultimately unsuccessful battle to add 400,000 uninsured Virginians to the Medicaid rolls during his first year...
  • As SCOTUS Upholds Affordable Care Act, MN GOP Calls For MNsureís Demise

    06/25/2015 4:52:25 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 6 replies
    WCCO.COM ^ | 25 JUNE 2015 | WCCO.COM
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) ó Despite the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act, Minnesota critics of the health care law are not ending their fight to repeal it. And state Republican leaders are calling for an immediate halt to any more spending on MNsure, the stateís health care exchange. ďThereís no reason to continue throwing good money after bad at this point,Ē Minnesota State Rep. Tara Mack said.
  • Ted Cruz fights GOP approach on Obamacare subsidies

    06/11/2015 11:02:55 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 44 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/11/2015 | Manu Raju
    Ted Cruz is planning to battle his party over Obamacare again ó this time, if Senate Republicans seek to extend subsidies that could be killed by the Supreme Court as soon as this month. In an interview with POLITICO, the 2016 presidential candidate weighed in on the high-stakes Supreme Court case that could end subsidies for millions of people who receive their health insurance through the federal exchange. A majority of Republican senators have endorsed an approach to keep those subsidies in place until September 2017, but Cruz flatly said ďnoĒ when asked if heíd sign on as well. ďI...
  • Obama plans major Obamacare speech

    06/09/2015 6:30:13 AM PDT · by PROCON · 33 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | June 9, 2015 | Paige Winfield Cunningham
    President Obama will tout his healthcare law Tuesday to a Catholic group that has consistently supported the law despite deep divides over its birth control requirement. In a speech to the Catholic Health Association ó which represents hundreds of hospitals and nursing homes across the U.S. ó the president will talk about the law's major tenets and make his case that it has improved health plans for virtually everyone, in addition to expanding coverage to millions. The address comes just days before the Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling that could halt the healthcare law's insurance subsidies to...
  • Obama Mocks ĎUnending Chicken Little Warningsí That Obamacare ĎWould End Freedomí

    06/09/2015 6:27:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 6/9/14 | Bridget Johnson
    President Obama defended his signature healthcare law before the Supreme Court is expected to hand down a ruling on Obamacare subsidies, telling the conference of the Catholic Health Association in Washington today that ďChicken Little warningsĒ havenít come true. (Snip) ďWe need more governors and state legislatures to expand Medicaid, which was a central part of the architecture of the overall plan,Ē Obama said today. ďWe need more governors and state legislatures to expand Medicaid, which was a central part of the architecture of the overall plan.Ē ďThereís something, I have to say, just deeply cynical about the ceaseless,
  • Obama Boasts: Obamacare "Woven Into the Fabric Of America"

    06/09/2015 10:45:28 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 44 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | June 9,2015 | Charles Spiering
    President Obama delivered a sharply critical speech today at the Catholic Health Association Conference, blasting his critics for ignoring what he calls the ďrealityĒ that Obamacare is here to stay. ďThe critics stubbornly ignore reality,Ē he said, boasting that since Obamacare was passed, jobs actually increased and opened up health care to millions.
  • Obama:Obamacare "Restored The Basic Promise Of America"

    06/09/2015 10:34:32 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 34 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | June 9,2015 | Pam Key
    Tuesday in Washington D.C. at the the Catholic Health Associationís annual assembly, President Barack Obama defended his Affordable Care Act saying it was a ďcritical partĒ of his administrationís attempt to ďrestore the basic promise of America.Ē
  • Obama: ĎYou Interpret a Statute Based OnÖIntentí

    06/09/2015 4:07:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 58 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 9, 2015 | 7:31 AM EDT | Susan Jones
    The intent of Obamacare is clear, and the law ďdoesnít need fixingĒ, President Obama told a news conference in Germany on Monday. ďThere is no reason why the existing exchanges should be overturned through a court case,Ē he insisted, just days before the Supreme Court is expected to rule on a case that could eliminate subsidies for people who got their insurance through the federal exchange. Obama, a former constitutional law professor, said laws should be interpreted based on their ďintentĒ: ďAnd under well-established statutory interpretation approaches that have been repeatedly employed, not just by liberal Democratic judges, but by...
  • Public to Supreme Court: Donít gut Obamacare [But opposition at RECORD HIGH]

    06/08/2015 7:43:10 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/8/15 | P Craighill
    [Obama's Death Panels law] hangs in the balance in the Supreme Court for the second time in three years, but the public has rendered a judgment ahead of the court's ruling. By a margin of 55 percent to 38 percent, more people say the court should not take action to block federal subsidies in states that didn't set up their own exchanges, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll..... ....The survey finds opinion on the health-care law among the worst in Post-ABC polling; 54 percent oppose, up six percentage points from a year ago. Support ties the record low...
  • GOP open to extending ObamaCare subsidies

    06/04/2015 7:11:36 AM PDT · by Mariner · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/04/15 06:00 AM EDT | By Peter Sullivan
    House conservatives are hinting at support for a temporary extension of Obama-Care subsidies if the Supreme Court cripples the law, even as they set up a working group to develop their own plan. The high court is set to rule later this month in the case of King v. Burwell, which could invalidate subsidies for millions of people in at least 34 states using the federally run marketplace. Republicans say they need to be ready to address people losing their coverage, but have yet to coalesce around a plan. Now another proposal is in the works. Members of the conservative...
  • GOP open to extending ObamaCare subsidies(if the Supreme Court cripples the law)

    06/04/2015 6:08:23 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/04/15 | Peter Sullivan
    House conservatives are hinting at support for a temporary extension of Obama-Care subsidies if the Supreme Court cripples the law, even as they set up a working group to develop their own plan. The high court is set to rule later this month in the case of King v. Burwell, which could invalidate subsidies for millions of people in at least 34 states using the federally run marketplace. Republicans say they need to be ready to address people losing their coverage, but have yet to coalesce around a plan.
  • Greta: Obama Playing Terrible Game With Your Health Care

    05/27/2015 8:56:40 PM PDT · by lbryce · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 27, 2015 | Greta
    Greta:Off the Record By the end of June, the US Supreme Court could make a ruling that impacts 8 million people on ObamaCare - and the Obama administration has no contingency plan
  • States Scramble for ĎPlan Bí Ahead of Court Ruling on Obamacare

    05/12/2015 11:09:45 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 33 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | May 11, 2015 | BY BRIANNA EHLEY
    With less than one month to go until the Supreme Court issues a ruling in King v. Burwell -- the case that could dismantle Obamacare -- some states are preparing contingency plans to avert a disaster if the court strikes down access to federally subsidized health care for their residents. If the Court rules against the administration and says that language in the Affordable Care Act only provides subsidies to people enrolled in coverage in states that set up their own marketplaces, some 7.5 million people in the 34 states relying on the federal exchange would lose their subsidized coverage...
  • Supreme Court tosses ObamaCare contraception ruling

    04/27/2015 8:46:08 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 27, 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    The Supreme Court on Monday gave new life to a lawsuit challenging ObamaCareís contraception mandate, striking down a previous ruling in favor of the federal government. An appeals court in Cincinnati will now reconsider the legal challenge from the Catholic groups in Michigan and Tennessee that had sought exemptions from an ObamaCare provision that requires employers to cover birth control for all workers. The justices asked the lower court to reconsider the case in light of last year's landmark ruling on the contraception mandate. That ruling, which was issued last June, decided that the arts-and-crafts retailer, Hobby Lobby, could...
  • Senate GOP Leaders Endorse Bill To Extend Obamacare Subsidies To 2017

    04/23/2015 9:53:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 04/23/2015 | BySahil Kapur
    WASHINGTON ó The Senate's top five Republican leaders have cosponsored legislation to extend until 2017 the Obamacare insurance subsidies that may be struck down by the Supreme Court this summer. The legislation, offered by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), one of the most politically vulnerable Senate incumbents in 2016, would maintain the federal HealthCare.gov subsidies at stake in King v. Burwell through the end of August 2017. The bill was unveiled this week with 29 other cosponsors, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his four top deputies, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), John Thune (R-SD), John Barrasso (R-WY) and Roy...
  • What Part of īNoī Does HHS Not Get?

    04/20/2015 4:09:29 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 23 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 4/20/2015 | David Catron
    The Supreme Court has again thwarted the Obama administrationís illegal crusade to coerce employers into violating their religious convictions. Late last Wednesday, Associate Justice Samuel Alito stayed an order secured by the administration in a lower court that would have forced several Catholic organizations to comply with Obamacareís contraception mandate. Despite a high-profile Supreme Court defeat last June in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, President Obamaís HHS bureaucrats and lawyers have continued their attempts to bully obviously exempt entities into obeying the mandate. Justice Alitoís action constitutes the fifth time SCOTUS has been compelled to rein the government in. The Court...
  • In Case You Missed It, Obamacare Just Logged a Major Victory at the Supreme Court

    04/04/2015 6:45:17 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 59 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | April 4, 2015 | Sean Williams
    ... Regardless of whether you're a supporter or opponent of Obamacare, you may have missed an important "ruling" from the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this week that resulted in Obamacare logging a key victory. The case, Coons vs. Lew, was initially brought to court in 2011 by business owner Nick Coons and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Eric Novack. The two, with the help of additional legal backing, alleged that the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB, would trim Medicare costs and potentially hurt their business by instituting reimbursement levels that wouldn't cover their own expenses. These allegations are where the term...
  • Supreme Court Wonít Hear Lawsuit Challenging Death Panels in Obamacare

    03/30/2015 8:25:53 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 31 replies
    Life News ^ | 3/30/15 | Steven Ertelt
    The Supreme Court today decided it will not hear a lawsuit challenging the death panels in Obamacare that pro-life groups strongly opposed because they involve rationing health care and potentially denying lifesaving medical treatment ‚ÄĒ putting patients‚Äô right to life at risk.Previously, one of the leading national pro-life groups called for legislation to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board established by the controversial Obamacare legislation because of pro-life concerns about it.¬ďRepeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) is critical to prevent the rationing of life-saving medical treatment,¬Ē said Burke Balch, J.D., director of National Right to Life¬ís Robert Powell...
  • The Next Big Obamacare Case?

    03/28/2015 10:59:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 28, 2015 | Ilya Shapiro
    Medicaid, the entitlement program for low-income Americans jointly funded by the state and federal government, represents about 25 percent of state budgets. Federal funding represents more than half (57 percent) of that amount, and that funding is now being threatened by Obamacare. In what seems like dťjŗ-vu all over again, Maineís Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is pursuing a lawsuit to prevent this sort of federal coercion. Hereís the scoop: In 2009, the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) offered states stimulus funds if they agreed to a maintenance-of-effort (ďMOEĒ) provision that required them to maintain Medicaid-eligibility standards...
  • The Danger of Obama's "Pre-Existing Conditions" Ban

    03/19/2015 6:22:56 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 3 replies
    CCHC ^ | 3-18-15 | Twila Brase
    There is a way out. The path to freedom is available -- and increasingly possible as Obamacare opposition grows and support for repeal increases. Here is a starter package of much-needed policy changes: ‚¶Ā Repeal every word of Obamacare, including the ban on pre-existing condition exclusions. ‚¶Ā Refuse to legalize Obama¬ís illegal subsidies if King wins King v. Burwell. ‚¶Ā Refuse to build a state exchange no matter who wins King v. Burwell. ‚¶Ā Restore access to indemnity (catastrophic) policies ¬Ė true health insurance ‚¶Ā Offer individual insurance pre-birth, with ownership linked to the baby. ‚¶Ā Encourage ownership of insurance...
  • Could Obama Bypass the Supreme Court? (George Wallace Would be Proud)

    03/17/2015 12:09:03 PM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 17, 2015 | William Baude
    IT is time to talk about President Obamaís contingency plan for health care. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments earlier this month in King v. Burwell, a case challenging the provision of tax credits on federal insurance exchanges. While the legal issues are dry lawyersí fare ó how to interpret several interconnected phrases of the Affordable Care Act ó the practical stakes are high. The government estimates that millions of Americans will be left without affordable health insurance if it loses. While the administration may well prevail, it has expressed remarkable pessimism about its options if it does lose. The...
  • Did Samuel Alito Throw Republicans An Obamacare Lifeline At The Supreme Court?

    03/09/2015 3:11:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | 03/08/2015 | Avik Roy
    As we await a decision in the big Obamacare Supreme Court case, King v. Burwell, progressive pundits have continued to predict a health care apocalypse if the Court sides with challengers to the Obama administration. Thatís a wild exaggeration. But there will be some disruption, and Republicans in Congress have been debating the best way to mitigate that disruption. Thatís where Associate Justice Samuel Alito comes in. At oral arguments on Wednesday, Alito hinted at another way to overturn illegal subsidies while avoiding near-term problems for the newly insured. The Northern Pipeline precedent At the hearing, President Obamaís Solicitor General,...
  • Chief Justice John Roberts, who saved Obamacare in 2012, stays quiet this time

    03/04/2015 12:37:04 PM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 54 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/4 | Lizzy Goodwin
    Chief Justice John Roberts, who saved President Barack Obamaís health care overhaul three years ago by unexpectedly joining the liberal wing of the court, stayed largely silent in oral arguments on a new challenge that could deal a mortal blow to the law. The argument centers on whether four words in the more than 1,000-page act should be interpreted literally, which would render millions of people who live in the dozens of states that did not set up their own insurance exchanges ineligible for federal subsidies to help them purchase insurance.
  • If itís ambiguous, does government win? Roberts finally speaks.

    03/04/2015 11:15:53 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 73 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 4, 2015 | Sandhya Somashekhar and Robert Barnes
    11:26: When a law is ambiguous, the court often defers to the agency in charge of administering it. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit said just that, and that the IRSí interpretation that subsidies were available to all was a reasonable one. Verrilli resisted questions about ambiguity, saying it was clear. But if not, he said, the agency does deserve deference. But Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said he was concerned about giving the power to allocate billions of dollars in subsidies to an agency. It was then that Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. asked his only...
  • Seven Things You Should Know about the IRS Rule Challenged in King v. Burwell ​

    03/04/2015 6:52:02 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Nationanl Review ^ | 3-4-15 | Michael F. Cannon
    And none of them make the IRS look very good. This week, the Supreme Court considers King v. Burwell. At issue is whether the IRS exceeded its authority under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by issuing a final IRS rule that expanded the application of the Actís subsidies and mandates beyond the limits imposed by the statute. King v. Burwell is not a constitutional challenge. It challenges an IRS rule as being inconsistent with the Act it purports to implement. The case is a straightforward question of statutory interpretation. Here are seven things everyone needs to know about...
  • Argument analysis: Setting up the private debate on the ACA [SCOTUS]

    03/04/2015 10:55:22 AM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 19 replies
    SCOTUSblog ^ | 03/04/2015 | Lyle Denniston
    Analysis One of the most important†functions†of oral argument in the Supreme Court is that it can strongly shape the next round: the private deliberations among the nine Justices as they start work on a decision.† The much-awaited hearing Wednesday on the stiff new challenge to the Affordable Care Act strongly suggested that Topic A in private could well be: how bad will we make things†if we rule against the government? Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who seemed decidedly more sympathetic to the government than might have been expected, worried over a constitutional blow against the states.† But even the two Justices...
  • Supreme Court ĎBitterly Dividedí Over Obamacare

    03/04/2015 10:30:33 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 75 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 03/04/2015 | Rachel Stoltzfoos
    The Supreme Court appeared sharply divided Wednesday as it began hearing arguments on the fate of Obamacare.Justices seemed ďbitterly dividedĒ during ďheatedĒ arguments over the law,†reported The New York Times. If they rule that the federal subsidies the Internal Revenue Service has doled out for Obamacare plans are illegal, millions of people would no longer be able to afford their plans, and the entire law would be crippled. The four liberal justices indicated strong support for the Obama administrationís position, in opposition to the most conservative members of the court. Those four will likely have to win over either...
  • Live Blog: Supreme Court Hears King v. Burwell Health-Law Case

    03/04/2015 7:48:32 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 38 replies
    WSJ.com ^ | 03/04/2015 | WSJ
    See how things are going at the link.... "The challengersí attorney Michael Carvin barely got a dozen words out before Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg interrupted him to ask about his plaintiffsí standing." "Justice Anthony Kennedy says he sees 'a serious constitutional problem' in the idea Congress would force states to set up exchanges or risk their residents losing tax credits."
  • A Supreme Court decision against Obamacare could cost states billions and billions of dollars

    02/19/2015 5:52:54 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 19, 2015 | By Greg Sargent
    If you want a sense of just how far-reaching the impact of a Supreme Court decision gutting Obamacare subsidies could prove, new data on health care signups released this week provide a fresh way to game out such a rulingís consequences. The Department of Health and Human Services announced the other day that some 11.4 million people have signed up for health plans through federal marketplaces. The new HHS data also provides a breakdown of the number of sign-ups in each of the three dozen states on the federal exchange ó precisely the states that would no longer get subsidies...
  • ObamaCare fans: SCOTUS case 'unraveling'

    02/13/2015 7:27:35 AM PST · by Maceman · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | Feb. 13. 2015 | Sarah Ferris
    Supporters of ObamaCare think theyíve found a fatal flaw in the GOP-led legal challenge to the healthcare law at the Supreme Court. Legal experts in favor of the Affordable Care Act say new information unearthed about the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell could derail the case before the justices have a chance to rule. ďThe case made by the [Affordable Care Act]ís opponents is unraveling around them,Ē Brianne Good and Joey Meyer, legal experts from the progressive group Constitutional Accountability Center, wrote in a blog this week. The standing of the four plaintiffs in the case has come under intense...
  • HuffPo Correspondent Invokes Cornhusker Kickback Senator to Save Obamacare

    01/30/2015 10:02:40 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 5 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | January 30, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    Did you know that the future of Obamacare relies on the credibilty of former Senator Ben "Cornhusker Kickback" Nelson? Yes, the Huffington Post and other liberal media outlets seem to think that what Nelson tells us was going on in his mind at the time that Obamacare passed is crucial to the outcome of the King vs Burwell case at the Supreme Court. Such is the desperate premise of Jonathan Cohn, Senior National Correspondent of the Huffington Post and other liberals looking for that lifeline out of the dilemma that the Obmacare law specifically says that only state based exchanges...
  • 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‚Äôs a section in the ObamaCare statute that says federal subsidies to pay premiums are available to anyone who buys their insurance through ‚Äúan Exchange established by the State.‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôll know what John...
  • Senate GOP plots plan B for ObamaCare

    01/27/2015 3:03:33 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/27/15 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Republicans are preparing a legislative plan of action in case the Supreme Court strikes a major blow against ObamaCare and rules subsidies provided to people on the federal exchange are illegal. GOP senators are confident the justices will rule in their favor, and they want to be ready to act if millions of people lose their subsidies to buy insurance through the healthcare law. ďIf the Supreme Court were to say the law says what the law says, we would like to be ready with a response to that that makes practical sense for the 5 or 6 million...
  • ObamaCare Supporters Should Be Very Worried, Experts Say

    12/12/2014 4:03:26 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 34 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/11/2014 | John Merline
    What would happen if the Supreme Court rules that ObamaCare doesn't allow subsidies through the federal exchange? There's plenty of speculation, ranging from no big deal to absolute, total catastrophe. An article published on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine tries to answer the question with a little bit more precision. It's conclusion, however, is that disallowing those subsidies would be a devastating blow to ObamaCare.
  • The Vindication of John Roberts

    11/19/2014 5:12:10 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 65 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/19/2014 | Gene Schwimmer
    At the time of this writing, six ďGruber videosĒ have been released and ďgone viral,Ē as they say in YouTube land. These are the videos of course, in which ďObamacare architectĒ Jonathan Gruber lets the cat out of the bag on the process of enacting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, aka The Greatest Consumer Fraud Perpetrated on the American People, Ever. Of the many Gruber quotes burning up the internet, I was especially struck by this one, to which Charles Krauthammer refers in a recent article: Gruber said, the billís authors manipulated the nonpartisan Congressional Budget...
  • Academic Built Case for Mandate in Health Care Law (NYT 2012 article cites Gruber as influence)

    Mr. Gruber has spent decades modeling the intricacies of the health care ecosystem, which involves making predictions about how new laws will play out based on past experience and economic theory. It is his research that convinced the Obama administration that health care reform could not work without requiring everyone to buy insurance. And it is his work that explains why President Obama has so much riding on the three days of United States Supreme Court hearings, which ended Wednesday, about the constitutionality of the mandate. Questioning by the courtís conservative justices has suggested deep skepticism about the mandate, setting...
  • If Words Mean Anything, Obamacare Is In Real Trouble

    11/08/2014 9:58:45 AM PST · by rootin tootin · 21 replies
    American Spectaror ^ | 11/8/2014 | David Catron
    The Supreme Court announced on Friday that it will hear a lawsuit challenging an arbitrary IRS decision to issue tax credits and penalties through federally created Obamacare exchanges. Two federal courts have already declared the regulation unconstitutional, but a third court ruled that the IRS has acted within its authority. It was this ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that prompted the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell to file an appeal with the high court. If the Supreme Court rules against the Obama administration in this case, it could well be the undoing of the reviled health care...
  • The Supreme Court will hear King. Thatís 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 Circuitís decision upholding an IRS rule extending tax credits to federally established exchanges. The government had asked the Court to take a pass because thereís no split in the circuit courts over whether the IRS rule is valid. At least four justicesóit only takes four to grant certiorarióvoted to take the case anyhow. As I see it, whatís troubling here is not that the Court took King in the absence of a split. Its rules permit it to hear cases...
  • 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 to†King 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...
  • 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 Again On SCOTUS To Do List

    10/06/2014 4:48:48 AM PDT · by rootin tootin · 8 replies
    American Spectaror ^ | 10/6/2014 | David Catron
    The Supreme Court begins a new term today, which means the justices will soon have to decide whether to hear King v. Burwell, a lawsuit challenging an arbitrary IRS edict that tax credits and penalties will be issued through federally created Obamacare exchanges. It is always risky to make predictions about the Court, but it is quite plausible that the justices will accept this case. Two federal courts, including one in Oklahoma last week, have already declared the IRS decree unconstitutional and the Roberts Court has demonstrated a marked aversion for the very kind of bureaucratic lawmaking that provoked this...
  • The Ghost and John Roberts: The Plot Thickens on the Obamacare Decision

    02/05/2014 7:59:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/05/2014 | Bill Dunne
    The chief justice must have "gone off his meds." No, it was blackmail. No, it was cowardice. He caved. It was a perverse abdication of his fundamental responsibility. Those are some of the many disputations that came in to American Thinker regarding my exploration of another possible explanation for why Chief Justice John Roberts chose, astonishingly, to keep the "Affordable Care Act" alive and kicking.("The Roberts Trap Is Sprung", American Thinker, Jan. 2) Of the nearly 680 comments, roughly four out of five were against the thesis I advanced, which is that Roberts ruled as he did because he foresaw...
  • Four words in the ACA could spell its doom

    01/30/2014 5:37:41 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 1-29-14 | George F. Will
    Someone you probably are not familiar with has filed a suit you probably have not heard about concerning a four-word phrase you should know about. The suit could blow to smithereens something everyone has heard altogether too much about, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (hereafter, ACA). Scott Pruitt and some kindred spirits might accelerate the ACAís collapse by blocking another of the Obama administrationís lawless uses of the Internal Revenue Service. Pruitt was elected Oklahomaís attorney general by promising to defend statesí prerogatives against federal encroachment, and today he and some properly litigious people elsewhere are defending a...
  • How Chief Justice Roberts Saved America in His Obamacare Ruling

    10/23/2013 4:56:24 PM PDT · by dontreadthis · 57 replies
    I of all people am for independent thinking and action on the part of people, but we have been sooo brainwashed by the government and U.S. press most people don't have a clue as to what is happening. You should certainly do what you want, but I HIGHLY suggest you DO NOT sign up for Obamacare until you read this CAREFULLY. Chief Justice Roberts carefully worded his ruling and left out any requirement to participate for 95% of Americans.
  • ObamaCare and the 'RobertsTax': Is a tax that can't be collected an actual tax?

    03/05/2013 8:05:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/05/2013 | Jon N. Hall
    One of the necessary features of any law is enforcement. Taxes are laws, and if you don't pay your taxes, the government swoops down on you like a raptor on a rodent. You then must either pay up or prove that you don't owe the money the government says you owe. Otherwise, government can garnish your wages, take your house, or maybe even put you in prison. None of that applies to the "tax" that Chief Justice John Roberts "discovered" in the Affordable Care Act, which the legislation had mistakenly labeled a "penalty" for noncompliance with the mandate to buy...
  • Supreme Court revives challenge to ObamaCare on religious-liberty grounds

    11/26/2012 7:48:56 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 91 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/26/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    A decision by the Supreme Court this morning opens up a potential new avenue of attack against ObamaCare on the grounds of religious liberty ‚ÄĒ and not just the HHS contraception mandate. The court overturned the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by Liberty University over the health-system overhaul, in a move that was not opposed by the Obama administration in court: The Supreme Court has revived a Christian college‚Äôs challenge to President Barack Obama‚Äôs healthcare overhaul, with the acquiescence of the Obama administration.The court on Monday ordered the federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., to consider the claim by Liberty...