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  • Video: The Obamacare Mess Explained in One Sentence

    09/14/2012 5:28:51 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 13 replies
    Townhall ^ | September 13, 2012 | Guy Benson
    This puppy's going viral, so we might as well hop aboard the train and toot the horn a few times. Here's medical doctor and Illinois State Senate candidate Barbara Bellar summarizing the president's unpopular healthcare law in a single, tortured sentence: (Video at link) The transcript, via Ed Morrissey: So, let me get this straight. This is a long sentence. We’re going to be gifted with a healthcare plan that we’re forced to purchase and fined if we don’t, which purportedly covers at least 10 million more people without adding a single doctor but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents,...
  • Rise in Health-Care Premiums Outpacing Inflation, Wages (As predicted, Obamacare a dismal failure)

    09/11/2012 10:55:01 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 12 replies
    fox news ^ | 9/11/2012 | reuters
    U.S. health insurance premiums have climbed faster than wages and inflation this year, and look poised to accelerate in 2013, adding to voter concerns about soaring healthcare costs ahead of November elections for the White House and Congress. A study released on Tuesday showed that premiums for employer-sponsored health plans, which cover about 149 million Americans, grew a modest 4 percent to $15,745 in 2012. It was a substantially slower rate of growth than in past years, including 2011, when premiums jumped 9 percent. But the study's authors at the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research and Educational...
  • Welch Allyn job cuts are related to new tax mandated by health care law

    09/11/2012 4:36:51 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 26 replies
    The Post Standard, Syracuse, New York ^ | Published: Monday, September 10, 2012, 4:47 PM | By Charley Hannagan
    Skaneatles Falls, NY -- Welch Allyn told employees at companywide meetings this morning that it plans to cut 275 jobs, or about 10 percent of its worldwide workforce. The uncertainty surrounding the future of the Obama health care package is creating turmoil in the domestic market, [Chief Executive Steve Meyer] said. Hospitals and doctor offices aren't investing in new equipment until they see how the health care issues will play out, Meyer said. Welch Allyn and other medical device makers face a new federal tax hike come January when a new 2.3 percent tax on sales of medical devices called...
  • Video: ObamaCare diagnosed in one sentence (Must See)

    09/10/2012 9:59:55 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 15 replies
    HotAir ^ | 09/10/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Note to amateur grammarians: Don’t try to diagram this sentence at home. Via Andrew Malcolm, a physician running for the Illinois State Senate sums up ObamaCare in one sentence — one very long sentence, but still just one. Dr. Barbara Bellar brought down the house at a Romney event in August with this perspective-setting description of the Affordable Care Act, which already has over 340,000 views but which I’ve just seen for the first time: gainst my better judgment, I decided to transcribe this video: So, let me get this straight. This is a long sentence. We’re going to be...
  • Student health care costs set to soar at private North Carolina college due to ObamaCare

    08/27/2012 1:10:58 PM PDT · by oliverdarcy · 9 replies
    Guilford College in North Carolina is poised to raise the prices they charge students for health insurance by 75 percent as a direct result of the implementation of President Obama’s landmark healthcare legislation, administrators told Campus Reform late last week. The price for university provided health care is expected to rise from $668 to $1,179 for the 2012-2013 school year, Greg Bursavich, who is the Vice President for Finance at Guilford College, told students in a letter late last month. “Our student health insurance policy premium has been substantially increased due to changes required by federal regulations issued on March...
  • Dems’ Medicare lie (Obama increases chances that seniors will die of a heart attack)

    08/21/2012 4:20:48 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 6 replies
    ny post ^ | 8/21/2012 | Betsy McCaughey
    President Obama is criss-crossing the country, warning that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would “end Medicare as we know it.” Attention, New York’s 3 million seniors: Don’t be fooled. It’s the Obama health law that destroyed Medicare, though the impact will not be felt for another year or more. Scientific evidence indicates that the changes made by ObamaCare will shorten the lives of some elderly hospital patients and make it hard for Medicare enrollees to get treated. The only thing left of Medicare is the membership card. ObamaCare cuts future funding for Medicare by over half a trillion dollars in...
  • Obamacare’s unpopularity blunts Obama’s attacks on Romney-Ryan Medicare plans

    08/19/2012 1:53:54 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 20 replies
    Mimai Herald ^ | August 18, 2012 | Marc Caputo
    Obamacare was supposed to be President Barack Obama’s legacy. But it’s looking like a political millstone. The mammoth and unpopular health insurance overhaul weighed down Democrats in 2010 when Republicans helped turn seniors to their side. ....“This could cost us the election,”...the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s political director wrote in a fundraising email last week. “We have to get the facts out to voters immediately.” .....Right now, Romney might be winning the public-relations war in Florida, according to a poll from Rasmussen Reports,.... Asked which plan “scares you more,” the poll found 54 percent of Florida seniors said Obamacare, while...
  • CBO: 30 Million Will Remain Uninsured Under Obamacare

    08/08/2012 5:15:07 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 19 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 8, 2012 | Patrick Burke
    A new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report says that under the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, 30 million non-elderly Americans will remain without health insurance in 2022. One of the main arguments the Obama administration made for passing the Affordable Care Act was that it would provide coverage for the uninsured.
  • Obamacare: The Road to Repeal Starts in the States

    08/07/2012 2:46:22 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 7, 2012 | Michael F. Cannon
    States that have refused to implement the Obama health law have already blocked $80 billion of its new deficit spending. If more states follow suit, they can block the other $1.6 trillion and force Congress to repeal the law. The law relies on states to implement two of its most essential pieces: health-insurance "exchanges" and a vast expansion of Medicaid. Exchanges are government agencies through which the law channels $800 billion to private health-insurance companies.The Medicaid expansion adds another $900 billion to the federal debt, with private insurers again taking a slice. States are under no obligation either to implement...
  • Worries grow as healthcare firms send jobs overseas (outsourcer-in-chief alert!)

    07/25/2012 3:21:08 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 7/25/2012 | Don Lee
    After years of shipping data-processing, accounting and other back-office work abroad, some healthcare companies are starting to shift clinical services and decision-making on medical care overseas, primarily to India and the Philippines. Some of the jobs being sent abroad include so-called pre-service nursing, where nurses at insurance firms, for example, help assess patient needs and determine treatment methods. Outsourcing such tasks goes beyond earlier steps by healthcare firms to farm out reading of X-rays and other diagnostic tests to health professionals overseas. Those previous efforts were often done out of necessity, to meet overnight demands, for instance. But the latest...
  • House GOP Leaders Indicate They Will Fund Implementation of Obamacare (No Cojones)

    07/25/2012 6:56:54 AM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 36 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | A.D. 24 July 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington and Jon Street
    (CNSNews.com) –When asked whether the House Republicans would permit or not permit funding for Obamacare in whatever legislation is enacted to fund the government after Sept. 30--when the current funding legislation runs out--House Speaker John Boehner responded that "our goal would be to make sure the government is funded," thus indicating that House Republicans do plan to fund implementation of Obamacare past Sept. 30. Unless a special provision is put into the bill to fund the government past Sept. 30 that expressly prohibits funding specifically for the Obamacare regulation that requires health-care plans to cover, without cost-sharing, sterilizations, artificial contraceptives...
  • Examiner Editorial: Obamacare will provide less at greater cost

    07/24/2012 5:43:38 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    "To say that the Individual Mandate merely imposes a tax is not to interpret the statute but to rewrite it," Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in her dissent to the Supreme Court's June health care ruling. She attacked Chief Justice John Roberts' Obamacare decision, noting, "Judicial tax-writing is particularly troubling." We have found a rare point of agreement here with Justice Ginsburg. No court, especially not the Supreme Court, should impose new taxes on the American people. By choosing to rewrite Obamacare, Chief Justice Roberts has done exactly that. Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office released a new cost estimate for...
  • The Mandate After the Court [Roberts’s decision may end up killing Obamacare after all]

    07/16/2012 4:00:08 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 16 July 2012 | James C. Capretta & Yuval Levin
    Last month’s Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare left champions of that law breathing a sigh of relief, while its opponents — a majority of the public — were left frustrated. It seemed at first glance as though the chief justice’s tortured opinion had saved the individual mandate, and with it the broader statute. But Obamacare’s champions should take a closer look at what the Court left them with, because on their own terms, the law is now set to collapse.
  • Obama mocks GOP health law repeal votes

    07/13/2012 5:04:49 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 13, 2012 | Amie Parnes
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- President Obama mocked Republicans on Friday for seeking to repeal the healthcare law 33 times instead of working to pass a tax extension that would help the middle class. Kicking off a two-day, five-stop bus tour in Virginia, Obama sought to hammer home his latest message to extend the Bush-era tax cuts for those making under $250,000 a year as part of an effort that, he says, would help the middle class. In his speech at a local high school, the president accused Republicans of holding tax cuts “hostage” and of not being “serious” about deficit...
  • House votes 244-185 to repeal Obama healthcare reform law

    07/11/2012 1:24:15 PM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 51 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11 July 2012 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The House voted again Wednesday to repeal the 2010 healthcare reform law, giving Republicans some revenge against the late June Supreme Court ruling that found the law to be constitutional. Members approved the bill in a 244-185 vote, after five hours of debate that stretched over two days. As expected, just a handful of Democrats supported the GOP repeal bill. Five Democrats, Reps. Dan Boren (Okla.), Larry Kissell (N.C.), Jim Matheson (Utah), Mike McIntyre (N.C.) and Mike Ross (Ark.), sided with Republicans in the final vote. Of this group, all but Matheson voted with the GOP in a procedural vote...
  • Could Current Medicaid Recipients Lose Coverage From Supreme Court Ruling? (LOL)

    07/06/2012 3:12:15 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 31 replies
    PBS ^ | 7/5/2012 | By: Betty Ann Bowser
    Tonight on the PBS NewsHour, our Health Unit takes a look at what's becoming a controversial part of the federal health care reform law: the expansion of Medicaid to cover up to 17 million uninsured adults. While the individual mandate has been the headline-grabber since last week's decision, expansion of the shared federal-state program that provides health care to poor people is also a major component of the Affordable Care Act. It was supposed to bring millions of low income Americans into the program, including childless adults who right now are not covered in most states. But Republican governors in...
  • Gallup: Public split evenly on Court’s ObamaCare decision, 46/46

    There are actually two polls out tonight on this, but being a dirty, dirty eeyore, I had to lead with the pessimistic one. As a prelude to the data, here’s Wesley Smith writing yesterday at The Corner: "I think there is a lot of whistling past the graveyard going on among conservatives who think that Obamacare is really in the political crosshairs now, and indeed, could lead to the defeat of the president’s reelection effort. I worry that the opposite is true. Sure, opponents who care a lot about the constitutionality and policy propriety of the ACA are very upset...
  • Ken Cuccinelli, on second thought, likes Supreme Court health-care decision

    06/28/2012 1:56:33 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 38 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 02:44 PM ET, 06/28/2012 | Laura Vozzella
    CNN and Fox News aren’t the only ones doing a 180 on the Supreme Court ruling. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R), the first attorney generalin the nation to file a lawsuit over President Obama’s health-care overhaul, said the sky was pretty much falling in a news release issued half an hour after the court upheld the law. “This is a dark day for the American people, the Constitution, and the rule of law,” Cuccinelli said in the release. “This is a dark day for American liberty.” By the time he held a news conference an hour and 45...
  • Pelosi to Vicki Kennedy: 'Now Teddy Can Rest' (Projectile Hurl Alert)

    06/28/2012 12:34:24 PM PDT · by mojito · 36 replies
    NYSlimes ^ | 6/28/2012 | Jackie Caimes
    Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the minority leader, was in the last minutes of a meeting with her leadership lieutenants at the Capitol when she learned of the court’s ruling and returned to her office to make phone calls. She had to leave messages for President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., but she connected with Vicki Kennedy, widow of Senator Ted Kennedy, the Senate sponsor of the health care legislation, who died before the legislation passed. “Now Teddy can rest,” Mrs. Pelosi said, according to a Congressional aide.
  • Obama Wins the Battle, Roberts Wins the War

    06/28/2012 12:15:09 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 99 replies
    Slate Scocca ^ | 28 June 2012 | Tom
    The chief justice’s canny move to uphold the Affordable Care Act while gutting the Commerce Clause. The scholars expected to see the court gut existing Commerce Clause ... Roberts was smarter than that. By ruling that the individual mandate was permissible as a tax, he joined the Democratic appointees to uphold the law—while joining the Republican wing to gut the Commerce Clause (and push back against the necessary-and-proper clause as well). Here's the Chief Justice's opinion (italics in original): Construing the Commerce Clause to permit Congress to regulate individuals precisely because they are doing nothing would open a new and...
  • Matt Miller: John Roberts, insurance industry shill

    06/28/2012 12:15:27 PM PDT · by RightCenter · 29 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 6/28/12 | Matt Miller
    ...Roberts’s historic hand on the scale Thursday was the only way to preserve a central role for private insurers in American health care in the years ahead. In this sense, Roberts’ epic choice is therefore not only small “c” conservative as a matter of judicial temperament but economically conservative to boot. What the chief justice has done is nothing less than save shortsighted partisans bent on overturning Obamacare from themselves. As I and others have long argued, a successful drive to overturn the Affordable Care Act, combined with a continued surge in the ranks of the uninsured, would almost certainly...
  • Will you buy health insurance? Or will you not comply?

    06/28/2012 12:15:47 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 99 replies
    What say you to the king? He deemeth that thou shalt buy insurance, or face the wrath of a dictator scorn. You ready to stand on your feet? Or are you living on your knees?
  • John Roberts, evil genius

    06/28/2012 11:50:49 AM PDT · by nerdgirl · 181 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | 6/28/2012 | Robert E. Malchman
    Chief Justice John G. Roberts is an evil genius. The ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act is, on its face, a win for President Obama both because the media are saying it is and because it is the signature piece of legislation of his first term. But it may turn out to be a pyrrhic victory, as Roberts accomplished numerous, subtle victories for conservative Republicans. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/john-roberts-evil-genius-article-1.1103982#ixzz1z7DsG4zU
  • The Court Rules: Obamacare is the Largest Tax Increase in the History of the World

    06/28/2012 11:22:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 91 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | June 28, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Hey, folks, have you seen the economic news today? Have you heard about the unemployment numbers today? (laughing) Gross domestic product, have you heard about any of that? Because I have it here, and it sucks. It's a disaster. The economy of this country remains a disaster. And we, the American people, have just been deceived in ways that nobody contemplated. And what we now have is the biggest tax increase in the history of the world. What we have been told by the chief justice of the Supreme Court and four liberals on the court: Obamacare...
  • Supreme Court upholds Obamacare individual mandate as a tax

    06/28/2012 8:56:07 AM PDT · by goodnesswins · 70 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/28/12 | me
    ROMNEY's statement
  • High court upholds key part of Obama health law

    06/28/2012 7:29:46 AM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 226 replies
    AP ^ | 06-28-12 | Mark Sherman
    The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
  • Stock market tanks on Supreme Court Decision (going vertical)

    06/28/2012 7:42:52 AM PDT · by quesney · 50 replies
    http://finance.yahoo.com/q/bc?s=%5EGSPC+Basic+Chart&t=1d http://chart.finance.yahoo.com/z?s=%5eGSPC&t=1d&q=&l=&z=l&a=v&p=s&lang=en-US&region=US
  • Today is The Day U.S. Citizens Became Slaves of Their Government

    06/28/2012 7:34:44 AM PDT · by catnipman · 193 replies
    Self | 6/28/2012 | Self
    Today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Federal Government can tax citizens because they exist, not because they earn income, but because they exist. There are no limits on the amount we can be taxed to exist. We are all now officially slaves owned by and for the U.S. Federal Government.
  • Obamacare stands

    06/28/2012 7:29:13 AM PDT · by for-q-clinton · 220 replies
    drudge ^ | 28 Jun 2012 | drudge
    Damn!!!!
  • Affordable Care Act SCOTUS Decision--Live Thread

    06/28/2012 4:56:21 AM PDT · by John W · 847 replies
    SCOTUSblog ^ | June 28, 2012 | SCOTUSblog
    Today is the day. SCOTUSblog live at 8:45 AM.
  • Pelosi sees Roberts helping uphold U.S. healthcare law

    06/27/2012 4:48:51 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 77 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 27, 2012 | Thomas Ferraro
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As the U.S. Supreme Court prepared to announce a decision on President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, one of the legislation's chief supporters predicted that it would be upheld by a 6-3 vote. Nancy Pelosi, the House of Representatives' Democratic leader, said she can see Chief Justice John Roberts siding with Obama in an anticipated divided Supreme Court ruling on Thursday. "I believe 6-3," Pelosi told the Reuters Washington Summit on Wednesday. She reasoned that a decision upholding the law would require the support of Justice Anthony Kennedy, a moderate conservative who often controls the outcome of...
  • Laurence Tribe: I think my former student, John Roberts, will vote to uphold ObamaCare

    06/27/2012 8:28:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/27/2012 | AllahPundit
    Via the Examiner, I've been looking for tea leaves for you all day but this, unfortunately, is the best I can do. I don't even regard it as tea leaves: I think Tribe is just pre-spinning the outcome so that, if the mandate is struck down, he can call Roberts a disappointment who betrayed his education in a fit of ideological pique, etc etc etc. But we're starving for insight and this is, in its own lame way, an insight into Roberts' thinking. As is this: Eastman, a critic of the health care law, said he wouldnÂ’t be surprised to...
  • SCOTUS Will Likely Strike Down The Obamacare Mandate 9-0, Says This Article

    06/26/2012 8:28:01 AM PDT · by doubledeuceswayze · 109 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | June 24, 2012 | Zvi Bar-Kochba, Esq.
    I believe the mandate at the core of the proposed laws, requiring Americans to purchase health insurance or suffer a penalty shall be struck down. Additionally, I believe that it is possible that the Supreme Court vote against the mandate will be unanimous. The mandate at the center of this current scheme is its Achilles heel, and this mandate is particularly peculiar in that the concept should be contrary to both strict textualist and progressive liberal ideologies. In essence, requiring a person to buy a service from another person or a private corporation without having first actively chosen to engage...
  • Who Is Mike Leavitt, Leading Mitt Romney's Transition Team? (making big money from Obama Care)

    06/04/2012 3:23:51 PM PDT · by dennisw · 20 replies
    theatlantic. ^ | JUN 4 2012
    The former Bush cabinet member is a close confidant of the GOP presidential contender, but his support for a key part of Obamacare has conservatives furious. *He has been a prominent backer of one element of Obamacare. Even as Obamacare has become the GOP's bete noire, Leavitt has vocally backed one provision of the law: state-level health-insurance exchanges. As part of the law's expansion of insurance, these exchanges allow citizens to shop for insurance from private companies, and if they qualify they can use federal subsidies to purchase coverage. Insurance companies accepted various strictures -- most notably, the ban on...
  • White House to Spend $20 million to Pitch ObamaCare

    05/23/2012 8:45:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 23, 2012 | Bob Beauprez
    Ever since the Democrats passed ObamaCare "so we could find out what's in it," Americans have overwhelmingly said they didn't like the new law.  Now, the Obama Administration is spending $20 million of taxpayer money on a new public relations campaign to try to sell us, yet again, on this unprecedented intrusion into our lives by legislation that 72% of Americans believe violates the Constitution.The new public relations campaign "will inform the American people about the many preventative benefits" of ObamaCare according to the White House spin machine.   Porter-Novelli, one of the planet's glitziest consumer marketing firms, has been awarded the...
  • 43 Catholic institutions file suits over HHS mandate

    05/21/2012 9:18:10 AM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 5/21/12 | Ed Morrissey
    Today’s Roman Catholic calendar lists May 21st as the feast day of St. Christopher Magallanes, a martyr killed for celebrating Mass during the Cristero War in Mexico. Perhaps Catholics today may want to recall St. Thomas More — the patron saint of lawyers, who was executed for refusing to agree to a mandate that gave Henry VIII the prerogative of defining religious expression in England. Dozens of Catholic institutions filed lawsuits today against the Department of Health and Human Services over its mandate and its narrow definition of religious practice: Catholic archdioceses and institutions filed suit in federal district courts...
  • Notre Dame sues Obama Administration over HHS rule

    05/21/2012 8:26:45 AM PDT · by theruleshavechanged · 54 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 21, 2012 | David Freddoso
    In 2009, President Obama delivered the commencement address at the University of Notre Dame. Now, Notre Dame is suing his administration over its insistence that Catholic schools and other institutions provide insurance coverage for sterilizations, contraceptives, and other abortifacient drugs without any meaningful opt-out for conscientious objectors. Rev. John Jenkins, the university's president, was given much grief over his commencement invitation to President Obama in 2009. Today, he sent the following email to Notre Dame employees, announcing and explaining the lawsuit.
  • Catholic church to battle Obama Administration

    05/01/2012 6:15:08 AM PDT · by SmileRight · 8 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 5/1/2012 | Kingsley Guy
    The federal Department of Health and Human Services ignited a political firestorm in January that’s still smoldering when it declared institutions of the Catholic Church would have to include coverage of contraception, sterilization and abortifacients in their employee insurance policies. Most Americans initially backed the church in its contention that the HHS requirement, conjured out of the Affordable Care Act, violated the constitutional guarantee of religious liberty by forcing the church to provide drugs and services that run counter to its moral teachings. So the Obama administration engaged in a sleight-of-hand by declaring a “compromise” in which the insurance companies,...
  • Health-Care Law Will Add $340 Billion To Deficit, New Study Finds

    04/09/2012 10:08:43 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 09, 2012
    Health-Care Law Will Add $340 Billion To Deficit, New Study Finds By Lori Montgomery April 9 President Obama’s landmark health-care initiative, long touted as a means to control costs, will actually add more than $340 billion to the nation’s budget woes over the next decade, according to a new study by a Republican member of the board that oversees Medicare financing. The study is set to be released Tuesday by Charles Blahous, a conservative policy analyst whom Obama approved in 2010 as the GOP trustee for Medicare and Social Security. His analysis challenges the conventional wisdom that the health-care law,...
  • 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...
  • Obamacare Turns into "Healthwreck"

    03/29/2012 7:14:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 29, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    Weak arguments presented by "team Obama" lawyers supporting Obama's healthcare legislation took a beating yesterday, and the beating continued even more so today. Please consider Day 3: ObamaCare at the Supreme Court by the Illinois Policy Institute. Today was the final marathon session of oral arguments over ObamaCare. It began this morning with the question of what to do with the rest of the law if the individual mandate is struck down, a very real possibility after yesterday's hearing. On this issue, both sides agree that if the mandate falls, at least some of the other provisions must fall with...
  • Howard Dean predicts Supreme Court will declare individual mandate unconstitutional

    03/26/2012 11:14:46 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 22 replies · 6+ views
    Howard Dean predicts Supreme Court will declare individual mandate unconstitutional By Jeff Poor - The Daily Caller 9:48 AM 03/26/2012 ADVERTISEMENT On Monday’s “CBS This Morning,” former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean broke with Democratic Party ranks once again on the issue of Obamacare. But this time, he did it in terms of how he thinks the Supreme Court will view the law. Host Charlie Rose asked Dean, a physician and former Democratic presidential candidate, if he thought the individual mandate would ultimately be declared unconstitutional. “I actually think that’s what they’re most likely to do before, of course, we’ve heard...
  • Live Thread: SCOTUS hearings on Obamacare [Day 3 Arguments; Post 153+]

    03/26/2012 8:11:01 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 163 replies · 151+ views
    National Review ^ | 0/26/2012 | Avik Roy
    <p>I will be live-blogging the Supreme Court hearings on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act from March 26 to 28, beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday. I invite readers and NRO contributors to chip in with their observations. I will also incorporate Twitter feeds from various people from the health-care and legal worlds who are covering the case.</p>
  • Virginia AG: If Obama's Mandate Stands, the Gov't ‘Can Order You To Do Anything’

    03/20/2012 1:19:01 PM PDT · by CNSNews.com · 5 replies · 1+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | March 19, 2012 | Melanie Hunter
    “If the government can just order you to buy something, and fine you if you don’t” – the way the individual mandate of Obamacare requires every American to buy government-approved health insurance and fines them if they don’t comply – “they can order you to do anything,” Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said during an appearance on C-SPAN’s “Newsmaker” on Sunday. Cuccinelli, the first attorney general to file a lawsuit challenging Obamacare, said out of 16 judges that have heard the lawsuit so far, only one has ruled that the fine amounts to a tax. “Of 16 judges, one found...
  • Obama's Health Care Duplicity No Longer Debatable

    03/16/2012 5:00:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 16, 2012 | David Limbaugh
    President Obama said, "The package we've put together" will "start bending the cost curve on health care" and "cut the deficit by a trillion dollars." Even a sympathetic Congressional Budget Office has finally put the nail in the coffin of that howler. At the time Obama made the claim, we all knew it was specious, and study after study came out showing just how fraudulent it was. There was the double counting on Medicare, the "Doc Fix" scam and a host of others. When Rep. Paul Ryan asked the CBO to rescore Obamacare with more accurate assumptions, it didn't...
  • Gallup: 72% of All Americans and 56% of Democrats Say Obamacare Mandate Unconstitutional

    02/27/2012 9:01:58 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Gallup: 72% of All Americans and 56% of Democrats Say Obamacare Mandate Unconstitutional By Terence P. Jeffrey February 27, 2012 Subscribe to Terence P. Jeffrey's posts Kathleen Sebelius Barack Obama HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and President Barack Obama at the White House on Feb. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (CNSNews.com)- Seventy-two percent of American adults and 56 percent of self-professed Democrats say that the provision in the health-care law signed by President Barack Obama that requires individuals to purchase health insurance or pay a fine is unconstitutional, says the Gallup Poll. In March, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear cases...
  • Baptist college files suit against contraceptive/abortion mandate

    02/23/2012 7:24:16 AM PST · by Graybeard58 · 13 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Feb 22, 2012 | Michael Foust
    PINEVILLE, La. (BP) -- A Baptist college has joined the list of schools and universities suing the federal government in opposition to the Obama administration's contraceptive/abortion mandate, making it clear the issue is not simply a Catholic one. Louisiana College -- affiliated with the Louisiana Baptist Convention -- filed suit Monday (Feb. 20) in federal court, saying the mandate violates the U.S. Constitution by, among other things, entangling the government in religious matters and forcing the college to violate its "sincerely held religious beliefs regarding abortion." The convention is part of the Southern Baptist Convention. "The time for silence is...
  • The Left's Hatred of Religion

    02/19/2012 1:54:30 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 106 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | February 19, 2012 | T.R. Clancy
    ...JoanWalsh at Salon writes that she was raised Catholic, but has since turned into "a secularfeministliberaldemocrat." Last Friday evening, when Obama's supporters were still clinging to their belief that his announcement of a compromise would steal all the wind out of the bishops' sails, she asked this: Why did we spend 10 days listening to prominent Catholics, including even some liberals and Democrats, insist that the White House had overreached and trampled on "religious freedom" - in this case, the "freedom" of the Catholic hierarchy to impose rules that even most Catholics don't live by? ("Catholic tribalism and the contraceptive...
  • Conservatives Lose on Health Care Mandate

    02/17/2012 7:56:25 AM PST · by WPaCon · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 2/17/2012 | Jason Pappas
    The recent Obama mandate for universal birth control gave the Republicans an opportunity to fight for individual liberty -- and they missed it by a mile. Instead of attacking government-imposed health care as a violation of liberty, they only selected a minute fraction of the leviathan and subjected it to very narrow criteria. This was an opportunity to aim for the heart of ObamaCare, but critics asked for only a minor adjustment -- and that's all they got. Government-mandated health care violates individual rights. The objection of Catholics to the funding of contraceptives is just one example of forcing people...
  • EWTN Sues U.S. Government To Stop Contraception Mandate

    02/09/2012 12:17:58 PM PST · by mware · 23 replies
    EWTN ^ | Feb.09 2012
    EWTN Sues U.S. Government To Stop Contraception Mandate Network Asks Court to Stop Order to Pay for Immoral Services Irondale, AL (EWTN) – EWTN Global Catholic Network filed a lawsuit February 9 in U.S. District Court in Birmingham, Alabama against the Department of Health & Human Services, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and other government agencies seeking to stop the imposition of the contraception mandate as well as asking the court for a declaratory judgment that the mandate is unconstitutional. EWTN is the first Catholic organization to file suit since the final HHS rules were published by the Obama administration on...