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  • WaPo's Greg Sargent Devastates Halbig Case

    07/29/2014 4:13:17 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 9 replies
    WaPo's Greg Sargent Devastates Halbig Case Against Obamacare Federal Subsidies With Bombshell Reporting Wait, did I say "devastates?" I meant "vindicates." I get confused about stuff like that sometimes. Then again, in my defense, so does Greg Sargent. Let me explain. This is a lengthy post, so fair warning. Quick refresher: Halbig case turns upon the question of whether the ACA, as written, permits the government to offer federal subsidies (read: price relief) to people who purchase health insurance on federally-established exchanges, or only on state-established ones. The IRS issued an official administrative ruling last year that subsidies applied to...
  • Emails show White House adviser intervened on ObamaCare ‘bailout’ after industry appeals

    07/29/2014 1:19:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 29, 2014 | Judson Berger
    Newly released emails show a key White House adviser intervened on behalf of the health insurance industry after an executive repeatedly warned that massive premium hikes were coming unless the administration expanded an ObamaCare program that Republicans call an industry "bailout." The insurance industry ultimately got a more "generous" offer from the administration -- one that Republicans warn could transfer potentially billions of taxpayer dollars into the Affordable Care Act to bail out insurance companies. The documents were included as part of a report by Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Republicans allege that White House adviser...
  • Merck Announces Another Round Of Layoffs [Another 600 positions in Montgomery County, PA]

    07/29/2014 10:25:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 07/29/2014 | Brad Segall
    NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — A major pharmaceutical company is planning another round of layoffs that again will hit Montgomery County hard. On the heels of more than 650 job cuts at its West Point manufacturing and research plant in late 2013 and earlier this year, Merck plans to let go another 600 employees by the end of August. The company has already filed notices with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor which says the jobs are being cut in North Wales and Lansdale. County Commissioner Josh Shapiro is disappointed with the news, but says they’re working to help those affected.
  • Appeals court upholds Obamacare tax as constitutional

    07/29/2014 9:32:29 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 86 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 29, 2014 | Stephen Dinan
    A key appeals court on Tuesday ruled that despite including a tax, Obamacare doesn’t violate the Constitution’s requirement that all tax bills originate in the House of Representatives, giving the Obama administration another health care win. The three-judge panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said that the Obamacare tax was “incidental” to the primary purpose of the Affordable Care Act, so it isn’t a revenue-raising measure as envisioned by the Constitution. “Some exercises of the taxing power are not subject to the Origination Clause,” the unanimous panel concluded. The issue had been in...
  • Schlafly: Stunning Setback to Obamacare

    07/29/2014 9:22:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 29, 2014 | Phyllis Schlafly
    Obamacare has proven again to be the biggest legislative failure in history, with last week's ruling that its subsidies are illegal. These subsidies induced some 5 million Americans to sign up for Obamacare but are prohibited by law as held by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Halbig v. Burwell. This humiliation to the Obama administration was a devastating setback to legislation already disfavored by a 59-40 percent margin among the public, according to the latest CNN poll. Twice as many Americans say they are being hurt rather than helped by Obamacare. Officially known as the...
  • Jonathan Gruber, the Flip-Flopping Architect of Obamacare

    07/29/2014 7:34:49 AM PDT · by SteveH · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | July 28, 2014 | Michsel F. Cannon
    And it is precisely because of Gruber’s intellect and profound familiarity with the PPACA that his attempts to explain away his past statements are not credible. Gruber’s first attempt was, in essence, “Dude, I flaked.” He said his comments were the verbal equivalent of a “typo” — a “speak-o,” as he called it. Then another recording from 2012 emerged in which Gruber said exactly the same thing to a different audience. This was not a “speak-o.” It was part of a presentation Gruber had given multiple times.
  • Got impeachment? Red Squirrel Alert

    07/29/2014 4:36:24 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 14 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 7-29-2014 | MOTUS
    I suppose you’ve heard the impeachment rumors: In an almost farcical twist on the recent political debate, the Obama White House has joined the Democratic fundraising apparatus in what appears to be a campaign to encourage Republicans to impeach the president. Don’t worry, they’re just that, rumors. I cannot confirm that they were started and perpetrated right here, at home, butt the record speaks for itself.So I’m just warning everyone: don’t get caught not doing your fair share: “According to our records, you haven’t chipped in to fight back,” the email continued. “Can we count on you at this critical...
  • Obamacare Documents Contradict Ezra Klein's Damage Control Over 'Speak-O' Gruber

    07/28/2014 6:26:20 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 28, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Jonathan Gruber absolutely did not mean what he clearly said over and over and over again. That pretty much sums up the left's rationale for "Speak-O" Gruber stating again and again and again that states with federal health care exchanges would not be eligible for subsidies. Of course, Gruber made these quite clear statements before it became obvious that the vast majority of states would refuse to set up their own exchanges and the threat of withholding the subsidies fell flat. Among the more amusing of those performing desperate damage control is Ezra Klein of General Electric Vox. Unfortunately for...
  • Obama Goes Around Congress — Again — to Expand Health Coverage for Federal Workers

    07/28/2014 5:12:20 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 10 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | july 28, 2014 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The Obama administration on Tuesday will publish a proposed rule that would give thousands of temporary and seasonal government workers access to the government’s health care program, even though current law would appear to prohibit them from using that program. The rule from the Office of Personnel Management would let these federal workers sign up for coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, and also allow some of them to enjoy a government contribution to their insurance premiums. Both steps would be done through OPM’s proposed regulation, and not through an act of Congress. The proposed rule indicates that...
  • Obama Administration Turns to “Hand-Packed” Court

    07/28/2014 11:49:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 28, 2014 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    Editor's note: Elizabeth Slattery coauthored this piece. When it comes to defending Obamacare subsidies, the Justice Department appears none too eager to take its case to the Supreme Court. Instead, the administration announced it would appeal Tuesday’s adverse ruling by a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to… the full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. President Obama, it seems, likes his chances with the full court. And why not? He “hand-packed” it himself. The legal issue at hand is whether the IRS has the authority to subsidize health coverage bought through insurance exchanges run by the feds....
  • Ignorance of Elite, Liberal Feminists

    07/28/2014 7:05:32 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 8 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 27, 2014 | Gabrielle Okun
    It is one thing to be ignorant of a law. There are so many out there that none of us can keep track of them all, including the lawyers. It is quite another matter to be behind the curve on a statute you are debating. feminist majority foundation While the outcome of the Hobby Lobby Stores v. Burwell case is still heavily debated, it remains important to consider why the Supreme Court ruled the way it did in this controversial case. This issue received considerable attention at a recent Feminist Majority conference in which the importance of creating a women’s...
  • Obamacare Architect Admists Taxpayers in Non-Exchange States Won't Get the Subsidy

    07/28/2014 6:37:59 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 2 replies
    Competitive Enterprise Institute ^ | July 24, 2014 | Ryan Radia
    UNKNOWN QUESTIONER:“Um, you mentioned the Health Insurance Exchanges for the States. And it’s my understanding that if the States don’t provide them, that the Federal Government will provide them.”M.I.T. economics Prof. Jonathan Gruber:“Yeah, so these Health Insurance Exchanges —once you go on MA-HealthConnect.org and CRS [is] in Massachusetts—will be these new shopping places. And they’ll be the place that people go to get their subsidies for health insurance. “In the law it says [that] if States don’t provide them, the federal backstop will. The Federal Government has been sort-of slow in putting in this backstop, I think partially, because they...
  • Oops!...[Obamacare author] Gruber Did It Again [says subsidies only apply to state exchanges]

    07/27/2014 5:28:47 PM PDT · by grundle · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 25, 2014 | Michael F. Cannon
    "... if your governor doesn’t set up an Exchange, you’re losing hundreds of millions of dollars of tax credits... " http://youtu.be/LbMmWhfZyEI
  • 4 Worst Ways Halbig Truthers Have Spun Obamacare Architect’s Comments

    07/27/2014 4:41:55 PM PDT · by kiryandil · 2 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 25, 2014 | Mollie Hemingway
    This week saw a major victory for attorneys who’ve argued that, according to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it’s illegal to give federal subsidies if insurance plans aren’t part of a state-based Obamacare exchange. The D.C. Circuit Court ruled that the legislation does not authorize such subsidies. Another court gave a somewhat muddled and mixed ruling on the matter that said such subsidies are ok, basically saying that Congress could have or would have been ok with it. The good news, for the attorneys fighting this battle, is that the mixed rulings make it more likely that they’ll...
  • Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber Once Again Ties Subsidies to State-Based Exchanges

    07/27/2014 2:21:59 PM PDT · by grundle · 3 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | John Sexton
    Did Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber make the same mistake twice? A new audio clip finds him once again explaining that Obamacare subsidies are tied to state health exchanges. A clip of Jonathan Gruber circulated last night in which he states that Obamacare subsidies are tied to the existence of state exchanges. This statement is extremely problematic for the law's supporters because it appears to confirm the view of plaintiffs in the Halbig case, i.e. that only state-exchanges were intended to deliver subsidies. This morning Gruber told the New Republic's Jonathan Cohn that he doesn't know why he said it at...
  • 296 reasons why hypocrite Dems & unions that support Obamacare want exemptions for themselves

    07/27/2014 1:24:18 PM PDT · by grundle · 2 replies
    wordpress ^ | Last updated July 27, 2014 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Here are 296 reasons why hypocrite politicians and unions that support Obamacare want exemptions for themselves By Dan from Squirrel HillPosted on September 24, 2013. Updated on July 27, 2014.As the author of this blog post, I place it into the public domain. Anyone may freely copy it in any part or in its entirely, without asking my permission, and without paying any money. I do ask you please cite a link to http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/obamacare-59/I ask you to please show this list to as many people as possible. Sunshine really is the best disinfectant. I can’t stop...
  • Consumers automatically renewing health plans could get inaccurate financial aid amounts (oops)

    07/27/2014 12:03:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Columbus Republic ^ | 7/27/2014 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
    If you have health insurance on your job, you probably don't give much thought to each year's renewal. But make the same assumption in one of the new health law plans, and it could lead to costly surprises. Insurance exchange customers who opt for convenience by automatically renewing their coverage for 2015 are likely to receive dated and inaccurate financial aid amounts from the government, say industry officials, advocates and other experts. If those amounts are too low, consumers could get sticker shock over their new premiums. Too high, and they'll owe the tax man later. Automatic renewal was supposed...
  • Obamacare: 2011 GAO Report Confirms 'Speak-O' Gruber

    07/27/2014 11:21:37 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 10 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 27, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Liberals are now in damage control mode on the heels of the discovery of not one but two videos of Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber claiming in January 2012 that the subsidies for that program were limited to exchanges set up by the states. Their contention is that while Gruber might have worked closely with Congress to create the Obamacare bill, he is still not Congress. The other claim is that there is no document that backs up what they consider to be merely a Gruber "Speak-O." Newsflash folks! Your humble correspondent has come upon a 2011 General Accounting Office report...
  • Halbig and Hammurabi

    07/27/2014 9:53:02 AM PDT · by SteveH · 5 replies
    The National Review ^ | July 27, 2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    ... Perhaps it is not the case that in the 21st-century United States we can live under something as simple and straightforward as the Code of Hammurabi. But the principle is the same: We write laws down in order that citizens may know what is permissible under the generally promulgated rules of the polity. The writing down of laws was the first step on the road from subject to citizen, and to reverse that is to do violence to more than grammatical propriety, Mr. Klein’s huffery-puffery notwithstanding. The written law was the first real constraint on the power of kings....
  • Obama Democrats Lose Their Big Bet on Health Exchanges

    07/25/2014 9:07:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Words mean what they say. That's the basis for the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Halbig v. Burwell invalidating the Internal Revenue Service regulation approving subsidies for Obamacare consumers in states with federal health insurance exchanges. The law passed by Congress, Judge Thomas Griffith explained, provided for subsidies in states with state-created exchanges, but not in states with federal exchanges. That's factually correct, and under the Constitution, the government can't spend money not authorized by Congress. This has not prevented Democrats from calling the decision "judicial activism," which makes as much sense as...
  • For the Left, Cool Is King

    07/26/2014 6:33:07 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 7-26-14 | Jonah Goldberg
    Conservatives need to get over their insecurities about not being cool in the eyes of liberals. ear Reader (including the many new anti-Semitic and just plain bat-guano crazy people who’ve wandered into my life in recent days), Last night I said on Twitter: Forgetting may not be the right word. Though if this was the Soviet Union, teams of fat-fingered bureaucrats would be airbrushing his likeness from all official records. In case you’re not up to speed, let’s recap. It’s really a wonderful, feel-good story for the whole family. In the Halbig decision this week, the court ruled that according...
  • Obamacare architect seals the deal to kill it

    07/26/2014 11:42:02 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 12 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-26-14 | DrJohn
    Don't hold us to what we meant, scream democrats. Jonathan Gruber is one of the creators of Obamacare. It turns out that the way the exchanges were designed were quite intentional: Did Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber make the same mistake twice? A new audio clip finds him once again explaining that Obamacare subsidies are tied to state health exchanges. A clip of Jonathan Gruber circulated last night in which he states that Obamacare subsidies are tied to the existence of state exchanges. This statement is extremely problematic for the law's supporters because it appears to confirm the view of plaintiffs...
  • Obamacare's Halbig trap

    07/26/2014 7:36:29 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/26/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Kimberly Strassel of The Wall Street Journal has uncovered even more damning evidence that politics took control when the IRS ... started writing regulations to implement the subsidies, following the bill’s passage: Democrats needed those subsidies. The party had assumed that dangling subsidies before the states would induce them to set up exchanges. When dozens instead refused the IRS assembled a working group—made up of career IRS and Treasury employees—to develop regulations around ObamaCare subsidies... And we know that this working group initially decided to follow the text of the law. An early draft of its rule about subsidies explained...
  • Feds cap Obamacare fines at $2,448 per person (new rules)

    07/25/2014 9:27:31 PM PDT · by Libloather · 59 replies
    IBA Mag ^ | 7/25/14 | Caitlin Bronson
    **SNIP** The figures, released late Thursday, cap the fine for not buying insurance at $2,448 per person and $12,240 for a family of five. The standard rule of thumb is 2% of household income, with a minimum of $325 per person. The caps are equal to the national average premium for a bronze-level health plan. Those who choose to go uninsured will owe one-twelfth of the annual payment for each month they or their dependents don’t have either coverage or an exemption, the IRS said. All fines will be due during tax return season, which can be deducted from tax...
  • ObamaCare, The Halbig Lawsuit and Why ‘Gruber 2012 VS ‘Gruber 2014 Matters…

    07/25/2014 8:18:17 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 4 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 7/25/2014 | sundance
    When your own stick turns out to be a boomerang, or what happens when you step on your own rake ! The latest revelations in the ObamaCare debacle revolve around Obama architect Jonathan Gruber. You might remember back in 2010 during the fight over ObamaCare mandates ‘we the people’ were told the mandate was a penalty and not a tax. However, when ObamaCare challenges ultimately reached the courtroom the administration argument was exactly the opposite. The government argued the mandate was a tax not a penalty; only as a tax could the construct survive legal scrutiny. This latest Gruber development...
  • Another Stunning Admission in Gruber's Speech: The Public Option Was Single Payer

    07/25/2014 8:07:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Breitbart's The Conversation ^ | July 25, 2014 | John Sexton
    As I was watching the video clip of Jonathan Gruber talking about state-based exchanges and subsidies last night I came across another admission which deserves some attention. A few minutes later in the Q&A following his January 18, 2012 speech, Gruber admits that the public option was an attempt to slip single-payer into the Affordable Care Act.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)So I like the public option. The public option is actually the brainchild of another academic, a guy named Jacob Hacker who's at Yale. And the public option, basically it was a clever idea. He said look, the left wants single-payer, the right wants...
  • New IRS Form Proves Obama Lied About Individual Mandate Tax (Baghdad Barry an all time low)

    07/25/2014 6:54:45 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 28 replies
    Americans for Tax Reform ^ | 07/25/2014 | John Kartch and Ryan Ellis
    On Thursday the IRS released a slew of draft 2014 tax forms. The new draft Form 1040 shows a new surtax line has been created for the payment of the individual mandate surtax – see line 61 of the 1040: President Obama has repeatedly denied that the surtax is in fact actually a tax. The most prominent example was a heated exchange on ABC’s This Week in Sept. 2009, when George Stephanopoulos confronted Obama with a dictionary:
  • Oops! Gruber Did It Again

    07/25/2014 6:54:25 PM PDT · by SteveH · 9 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 25, 2014 | Michael F. Cannon
    ... Gruber scarcely had time to plead temporary insanity with regard to his 2012 comments when someone on the interwebs uncovered another example of Gruber explaining in January 2012 that the PPACA withholds tax credits from states that do not establish Exchanges. I transcribe: "A number of states have even turned down millions of dollars in federal government grants as a statement of some sort. They don’t support health care reform. I guess I’m enough of a believe in democracy to think that when the voters in states see that by not setting up an Exchange, the politicians in their...
  • Gruber vs. Gruber

    07/25/2014 6:34:36 PM PDT · by SteveH · 12 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 25, 2014 | James Taranto
    ... It seems to us Gruber has an awfully broad definition of "typo." A typo is when you write "established by the Stake" when you mean to write "established by the State," not when you write "established by the State" when you mean "." Nonetheless, many ObamaCare supporters agree with Gruber that the passage in question was, as others have put it, a mere "drafting error"--that Congress could not possibly have meant to exclude the federal exchange from the subsidy program. Many, but not all. One who disagrees is Jonathan Gruber, who not only is a supporter of ObamaCare but...
  • Court Ruling on Obamacare Exchanges Assailed

    07/25/2014 5:43:06 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 21 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 25 July 2014 | John Semmens
    This past week’s D.C. Court of Appeals panel ruling that customers in the 36 states that didn’t establish their own exchange and use HealthCare.gov instead cannot be given premium tax credits was assailed by the program’s backers as “flagrant judicial activism.” Presidential Press Secretary Josh Earnest promised that “this insupportable ruling will be ignored. For the Court to insist upon a literal reading of the statute at this late date would unduly hamper the President’s scope of action. He cannot and will not abide having his hands tied by this judicial interference.” At issue is explicit statutory language in the...
  • Senate Hearing : Tax Credits are available for State Exchanges Only

    07/25/2014 3:26:39 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 8 replies
    Senator Baucus explains how The Affordable Care Act sets conditions where Tax Credits are available for State Exchanges Only
  • Obamacare Architect Explained Intent Behind Allowing Subsidies Only On State Exchanges

    07/25/2014 3:05:58 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 23 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | July 25, 2014 | Paul Mirengoff
    Jonathan Gruber, a professor at MIT, is widely is regarded as the architect of both Romneycare and Obamacare. Following the D.C. Circuit’s decision in Halbig, he asserted that the provision of Obamacare limiting subsidies to the state exchanges was a “typo.” Indeed, he found it “criminal” to suggest that Obamacare was intended to work this way. But William Jacobson (via one of his readers) has unearthed video from 2012 in which Gruber explains why Obamacare limits subsidies to participants in state exchanges — the view of the statute he now finds “criminal.” Gruber stated: “I think what’s important to remember...
  • Vox Fails to Explain Away Obamacare Architect Admitting Subsidies Limited to State Exchanges

    07/25/2014 8:47:11 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 25, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Jonathan Gruber, along with Ezekiel Emanuel, is considered one of the architects of Obamacare. So when he is caught on video admitting the plaintiff's premise of Halbig vs Burwell which was this week ruled in favor of the plaintiffs it went viral on the Web. The court (and Gruber in 2012) agreed that Congress meant that the states would receive subsidies as an incentive to set up their own Obamacare exchanges. Although, Gruber  vociferously denied this recently by claiming the problem was merely a "typo" in the legislation, he is completely contradicted by his earlier statement in January 2012 which...
  • ObamaCare architect explained in 2012 video why only state exchanges pay subsidies

    07/25/2014 8:10:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/25/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    This week, Jonathan Gruber appeared on MSNBC to assert that the DC Circuit appellate court got the ObamaCare statute all wrong in its Halbig decision. Gruber, one of the key architects of the ACA and of the Massachusetts “RomneyCare” law that preceded it, insisted that the state exchange requirement for subsidy payment was purely accidental. “It is unambiguous this is a typo,” Gruber told Chris Matthews. “Literally every single person involved in the crafting of this law has said that it`s a typo, that they had no intention of excluding the federal states.” Two years ago, though, Gruber gave...
  • Obamacare author says subsidies only apply to state exchanges

    07/25/2014 7:15:27 AM PDT · by grundle · 1 replies
    wordpress ^ | July 25, 2014 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Obamacare author says subsidies only apply to state exchanges On January 18, 2012, Jonathan Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist who helped write Obamacare, said: “What’s important to remember politically about this is if you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits.”You can see him saying it in this video. Link set to start video at 31:25, the relevant point: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtnEmPXEpr0&feature=youtu.be&t=31m25sSo how is it that the federal government is giving subsidies through the federal exchange?It’s because under the corrupt leadership of President Obama, the...
  • Obamacare’s Architect Agreed That Only State Exchanges Could Offer Subsidies

    07/25/2014 6:49:50 AM PDT · by grundle · 15 replies
    National Review ^ | July 25, 2014 | Veronique de Rugy
    "What’s important to remember politically about this is if you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits—but your citizens still pay the taxes that support this bill. So you’re essentially saying [to] your citizens you’re going to pay all the taxes to help all the other states in the country. I hope that that’s a blatant enough political reality that states will get their act together and realize there are billions of dollars at stake here in setting up these exchanges. But, you know, once again the politics can...
  • ObamaCare Author: If A State Doesn't Set Up An Exchange, It's Citizens Don't Get Tax Credits

    07/25/2014 6:46:43 AM PDT · by grundle · 7 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 25, 2014 | Michael F. Cannon
    Full title: ObamaCare Architect Jonathan Gruber: "If You're A State And You Don't Set Up An Exchange, That Means Your Citizens Don't Get Their Tax Credits" Questioner: You mentioned the health-information Exchanges for the states, and it is my understanding that if states don’t provide them, then the federal government will provide them for the states. Gruber: Yeah, so these health-insurance Exchanges, you can go on ma.healthconnector.org and see ours in Massachusetts, will be these new shopping places and they’ll be the place that people go to get their subsidies for health insurance. In the law, it says if the...
  • On January 18, 2012, Obamacare author Jonathan Gruber said subsidies only apply to state exchanges

    07/25/2014 6:40:19 AM PDT · by grundle · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | January 18, 2012 | Jonathan Gruber, Obamacare author
    On January 18, 2012, before the Halbig lawsuit was filed, Jonathan Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist who helped write the Affordable Care Act, said, "What’s important to remember politically about this is if you're a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don't get their tax credits." Link set to start video at 31:25, the relevant point. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GtnEmPXEpr0&feature=youtu.be&t=31m25s
  • A big hole in the heart of Obamacare

    07/25/2014 4:13:35 AM PDT · by SteveH · 2 replies
    CNN ^ | July 24, 2014 | Ilya Shapiro
    ... After-the-fact rationalizations notwithstanding, the concession that Obamacare's designers didn't anticipate so many state vetoes doesn't retroactively rewrite the plain language of the law. The fault lies squarely with those drafters, not the lawyers who point out the IRS abuse or the judges who strike it down. The government will see rehearing by the entire D.C. Circuit; having stacked the court after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid eliminated filibusters of judicial nominations, President Obama figures he has a good chance to reverse Halbig. At the same time, Mike Carvin, the lawyer for the plaintiffs in both cases, will bypass the...
  • Supreme Court may not protect Obamacare this time

    07/25/2014 4:05:33 AM PDT · by SteveH · 35 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2014 | Ruth Marcus
    ... Certainly, Roberts zealously guards the court’s institutional standing against accusations of overreaching. But only to a point. The Voting Rights Act offers an example. In 2009, Roberts, as with the Affordable Care Act, demonstrated his willingness to stretch the language of the statute to save it — temporarily. Four years later, he wrote the majority ruling striking down the law’s key provision. Importantly, Roberts’s initial restraint in that case, as in his ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act, was based on constitutional considerations: the long-standing principle that the court, if possible, should avoid overturning the work of a co-equal...
  • If You're A State And You Don't Set Up An Exchange, Your Citizens Don't Get Their Tax Credits

    07/25/2014 3:48:52 AM PDT · by SteveH · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | July 25, 2014 | Michael F. Cannon
    ... Gruber doesn’t just acknowledge the conditional feature of the PPACA’s tax credits. He also supplies a plausible purpose for that feature (there were people in Washington who either wanted to “squeeze the states to do it,” or saw the law as directing them to do so). He describes the mechanism by which this provision achieves that purpose (taxpayers will pressure their state officials to create Exchanges so they can receive tax credits). He acknowledges that the conditional nature of the tax credits sits perfectly well alongside the law’s requirement that the federal government establish an Exchange within states that...
  • The dueling Obamacare memes: Which one should you believe?

    07/25/2014 3:26:56 AM PDT · by SteveH · 9 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | July 24, 2014 | Jon Healey
    ... It's inarguable that the process Democrats used to enact Obamacare was ugly. They passed the Affordable Care Act and the companion Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act without a smidgen of Republican support. Some provisions were inserted without public hearings and with little debate, and key versions of the bills were cobbled together behind closed doors. As a consequence, the legislation was vetted only by Democrats, which all but guarantees that it will say and do some things they didn't intend. Worse, only Democrats are now invested in its success. So they have no way to fix problems in...
  • The ObamaCare-IRS Nexus

    07/25/2014 3:15:05 AM PDT · by SteveH · 7 replies
    One of the big questions out of the IRS targeting scandal is this: How can an agency that engaged in such political misconduct be trusted to implement ObamaCare? This week's Halbig v. Burwell ruling reminded us of the answer. It can't. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Halbig that the administration had illegally provided ObamaCare subsidies in 36 insurance exchanges run by the federal government. Yet it wasn't the "administration" as a whole that issued the lawless subsidy gift. It was the administration acting through its new, favorite enforcer: the IRS. And it was entirely political. Democrats needed...
  • 2012 Video shows major Obamacare architect confirm subsidies were meant only for state exchange

    07/25/2014 1:39:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    Red State ^ | July 24. 2014 | Moe Lane
    Jonathan Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist who helped design the Massachusetts health law that was the model for Obamacare, was a key influence on the creation of the law. He was widely quoted in the media. During the crafting of the law, the Obama administration brought him on for his expertise. He was paid almost $400,000 to consult with the administration on the law. And he has claimed to have written part of the legislation, the section dealing with small business tax credits. [Text and :59 video SNIP] PS: Possibly the most damning thing about this video is...
  • On Halbig and Statutory Interpretation

    07/25/2014 1:10:37 AM PDT · by SteveH · 6 replies
    Volokh Conspiracy via The Washington Post ^ | July 24, 2014 | Jonathan H. Adler
    ... When Congress wanted to use a shorthand for “exchange,” it did just that — and said “exchange.” The “established by the State” modifier was added at the Committee stage, and then again afterwards before final passage in the Senate. Adding it in was unnecessary unless it had some purpose — such as to distinguish exchanges “established by the State” from those “established” by HHS as required by Section 1321. Even if, as some argue, a Section 1321 federal exchange can stand in the place of a section 1311 exchange, the former is still not an exchange “established by the...
  • No, Halbig Did Not Gut Obamacare because of a Drafting Error

    07/25/2014 12:05:25 AM PDT · by SteveH · 6 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 23, 2014 | Sean Davis
    ... Let’s take a step back to see how plausible that explanation is. There are two types of exchanges: state-established, and federally established. The statutory authority for state-based exchanges comes in section 1311 of Obamacare. The statutory authority for a federal exchange in the event that a state chose not to establish one comes from section 1321(c) of Obamacare. Right off the bat, we have two discrete sections pertaining to two discrete types of health exchange. Was that a “drafting error”? Then we have the specific construction of section 1321(c), which allows for the creation of a federal exchange. Nowhere...
  • [Video from January 18, 2012] Jonathon Gruber at Noblis

    VIDEO AT LINK (View starting at 31:30) ” . . . if you’re a state and you don’t set up an exchange, that means your citizens don’t get their tax credits.” Obama, Democrats lying about “ambiguous” text, intent of Congress January 2012 video proves they never intended subsidies for federal exchanges. Read more: http://www.headlineoftheday.com/#ixzz38SANlSDz
  • Watch Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber Admit in 2012 That Subsidies Were Limited to State-Run...

    07/24/2014 9:38:04 PM PDT · by ironman · 19 replies
    Reason ^ | 7/24/2014 | Peter Suderman
    Jonathan Gruber, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology economist who helped design the Massachusetts health law that was the model for Obamacare, was a key influence on the creation of the law. He was widely quoted in the media. During the crafting of the law, the Obama administration brought him on for his expertise. He was paid almost $400,000 to consult with the administration on the law. And he has claimed to have written part of the legislation, the section dealing with small business tax credits. After the law passed, in 2011 and throughout 2012, multiple states sought his expertise to...
  • Why the Halbig Decision Should Be Taken Seriously

    07/24/2014 9:22:24 PM PDT · by SteveH · 16 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 23, 2014 | Sean Trende
    ... “The Supreme Court simply isn't going to rip insurance from tens of millions of people in order to teach Congress a lesson about grammar. . . . For Halbig to unwind Obamacare, the Supreme Court would ultimately have to rule in the plaintiff's favor. And they're not going to do that. By the time SCOTUS even could rule on Halbig the law will have been in place for years.” This sort of reaction is a mistake, at least insofar as a pundit is trying to figure out what the Supreme Court might actually do, if and when the case...
  • Obamacare Busted in GAO Sting Operation: Nearly All Fake Insurance Applications Were Approved

    07/24/2014 6:32:19 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 5 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 7-24-14 | Tim Brown
    Demonstrating more lawlessness by the Obama administration, the Government Accountability Office has issued a report in which it claims that it undertook a sting operation to see whether or not the Affordable Care Act's eligibility verification system actually works or not. Their conclusion was that the majority of fake insurance applications submitted were approved. According to testimony by Seto Bagdoyan, who directs GAO's Forensic Audits and Investigative Service, "The federal marketplace approved coverage for 11 of our 12 fictitious applicants who initially applied online, or by telephone." Of course, Americans will be relieved to know that six applications were blocked,...