So Chief Justice John Roberts joined the liberal wing of the Supreme Court to decide that ObamaCare, including the hugely unpopular “mandate,” is perfectly OK under the U.S. Constitution. Of course, Roberts had to twist the facts like a pretzel to justify the ruling. Barack Obama had insisted that Obamacare “absolutely” was not a tax. The measure’s supporters in Congress said the same thing, over and over again.
In anticipation that the Supreme Court might rule in favor of ObamaCare, Avik Roy wrote in Forbes magazine that Health Savings Plans (HSAs) would be negatively impacted and possibly forced out of existence. HSAs were first allowed under law as part of President George W. Bush’s prescription drug program passed in 2003. At the time it seemed a common sense answer to a sticky problem: over usage of health insurance benefits and the consequent rising costs to pay for that over usage.
Last week the Supreme Court of the United States exceeded its authority by declaring an unconstitutional act of Congress constitutional. While there are many powerful weapons in the fight that must be fought to dismantle ObamaCare, one of the best items in the arsenal is nullification. In a few months, Oklahoma State Representative Mike Ritze will introduce a bill nullifying the individual mandate of ObamaCare in his state.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has reassured the electorate that he agrees with the Supreme Court’s ruling that the infamous “individual mandate” that is the cornerstone of the Affordable Health Care Act — i.e. “ObamaCare” — is a tax. He also says it's constitutional. In his own words from his July 4 interview with CBS's Jan Crawford: “The Supreme Court has the final word. And their final word is that ObamaCare is a tax. So it's a tax. They decided it was constitutional. So it is a tax and it's constitutional. That's the final word. That's what it is.”
Concluding the Catholic bishops' "Fortnight for Freedom," Archbishop Charles Chaput told the crowd of 4,500 assembled at the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. that the "Caesar" in our nation's capital needs to be reminded that our rights are the gift of God and not the government.
“Liberty can have nothing to fear from the judiciary alone, but would have everything to fear from its union with either of the other departments.” Those words by Alexander Hamilton explain why one member of Congress is taking aim at one Supreme Court justice.
Representative Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) is calling for an investigation of Justice Elena Kagan, arguing that her prior service as solicitor general should have disqualified her from participating in last week’s decision on the constitutionality of ObamaCare, a law she helped craft and defend as a former member of the Obama administration.
On Tuesday evening, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), was asked about repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), also known as ObamaCare, if Republicans take back control of the Senate in November. Said McConnell: "Repeal of ObamaCare will be the first item up in the Senate if I am Majority Leader. ... Our goal will be to get it off the books. In my view, it is the single worst piece of legislation that has been passed in modern times."
The number of federal workers receiving disability payments has reached 8.7 million, more than the population of New York City.
Florida Governor Rick Scott has said he will not expand the state's Medicaid program or support the establishment of ObamaCare insurance exchange programs in his state. Following last week's Supreme Court ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Scott said in an interview with NewsMax TV he will turn down the additional federal dollars for Medicaid expansion under the law.
Chief Justice John Roberts’s opinion regarding the constitutionality of ObamaCare holds that the penalty for not complying with the mandate is both a tax and not a tax — depending on the question. If the question is whether someone may sue to strike down the mandate, the court says yes, because the penalty is not a tax. However, The government argued that should the Commerce Clause argument fail, the court can think of the mandate penalty as — wait for it — a tax!