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The Court and the Mandate: Let the 'Left' Be Left Again

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.27.2012 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

It would be seen as a sign of strength if the President announced that, no matter what the Supreme Court decides, he intends to make sure that health insurance companies don't get a free ride in this country.

Baking Some Humble Pie for Congress

Trevor Burrus | Posted 05.27.2012 | Politics
Trevor Burrus

The challenge to the Affordable Care Act not only asks the Supreme Court to enforce the limits on congressional power explicitly listed in our Constitution, it asks for the return of some measure of humility to a Congress that self-interestedly ignored constitutional limits.

Supreme Court Ruling Against Affordable Care -- A Blessing in Disguise?

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.27.2012 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

While the Supreme Court wrestles with how to untangle the constitutional complexities of the Affordable Care Act, the politics are becoming crystal clear -- and they may ultimately benefit those of us who would like to see affordable, high-quality health care for all Americans.

The Economic Question at the Core of the Individual Mandate

Richard Kirsch | Posted 05.27.2012 | Business
Richard Kirsch

If the Supreme Court rejects the mandate, millions of people will go without health coverage, thousands of them will continue to die prematurely each year because they lack coverage, and tens of thousands will continue to suffer from crippling medical debt.

What The Supreme Court Justices Actually Said

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sharp questioning by the Supreme Court's conservative justices has cast serious doubt on the survival of the individual insurance r...

The Mandate and Its Enemies

Abdulrahman El-Sayed | Posted 05.27.2012 | Politics
Abdulrahman El-Sayed

The health insurance mandate was a compromise that effectively guaranteed the health insurance market in America for years to come by making that market more efficient and guaranteeing it paying customers into the future. Why, then, is the right attacking it?

Who Really Represents the States in the Health Care Cases?

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 05.27.2012 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

When the Justices hear the six hours of argument on the constitutionality of healthcare reform this week, there will no doubt be much talk about "states' rights." But it is important to remember that the one arguing doesn't truly represent "the states" v. the federal government.

Health Care Jujitsu

Robert Reich | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics
Robert Reich

With a bit of political jujitsu, the president could turn any defeat handed to him by the Supreme Court in the Affordable Care Act case into a victory for a single-payer healthcare system -- Medicare for all. Here's how.

Symptoms Of Bad Constitutional Medicine

Kevin Hasson | Posted 05.26.2012 | Home
Kevin Hasson

As ObamaCare heads towards its day in the Supreme Court, how can we make sense of competing claims about whether Congress has exceeded its authority under the Commerce Clause? A bit of history might be helpful.

How Obama Changed His Mind On The Individual Mandate | Ryan Lizza | Posted 03.26.2012 | Politics

Barack Obama was not always in favor of a mandate requiring individuals to have health insurance--an element of his Affordable Care Act that is being ...

Sam Stein

Supreme Court Clerks Predict Health Care Reform Will Be Upheld | Sam Stein | Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The lawyers who know the Supreme Court justices best seem largely certain that they'll uphold the president's health care law following ...

Supreme Showdown: Radical Republicans vs. Obamacare and the 99%

Ethan Rome | Posted 05.25.2012 | Politics
Ethan Rome

On Monday the Supreme Court begins three days of oral arguments about Obamacare leading up to what may be among the most consequential high court decisions in 100 years.

Sam Stein

What Would Happen If The Individual Mandate Was Struck Down | Sam Stein | Posted 03.23.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama's administration has not developed plans for a legislative replacement for health care reform's most contentious ...

Jeffrey Young

This Is What They're So Angry About? | Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.23.2012 | Money

Health care reform's so-called individual mandate is either a crucial element in the plan to give nearly all Americans better access to medical care o...

Individual Mandate Not Necessary for Universal Coverage

Andrew Pavelyev | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics
Andrew Pavelyev

It would be much better to acknowledge the reality and replace the individual mandate with explicit direct taxes. New taxes would need to raise a lot of revenue, but for most of the middle class they would be offset by big pay increases.

For Justices Who Act as "Umpires," Constitutionality of Health Care Reform Is a Simple "Yes"

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

If the federal government can compel an individual to purchase insurance when he/she is consuming healthcare services, then the argument that the government cannot mandate a person to purchase a privately-offered product is thrown out the window.

The Rule of Law on the Line

Kathie McClure | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics
Kathie McClure

The United States Supreme Court has given an implicit "thumbs down" to television coverage of next week's three days of oral argument on the legal challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Mike Sacks

Why Supreme Court Conservative Majority Doesn't Mean Health Reform Smackdown | Mike Sacks | Posted 03.19.2012 | Politics

The Supreme Court will not overturn health care reform. At least if the five-justice conservative majority that brought the country Citizens United an...

A History Of Romney's Health Care Fibs | Posted 03.15.2012 | Politics

Wednesday afternoon, Mitt Romney appeared on Fox News and was presented with yet another piece of evidence that he has misrepresented his health care ...

Rick Santorum Hints At Op-Ed Cover-Up By Mitt Romney's Campaign

The Huffington Post | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 03.06.2012 | Politics

In an appearance on the "Laura Ingraham Show" on Tuesday morning, Rick Santorum seemed to suggest that a controversial op-ed on health care written by...

Sam Stein

Mitt Romney in '08: 'No, No, I Like (Health Insurance) Mandates' | Sam Stein | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics

The discovery of a 2009 USA Today op-ed by former Gov. Mitt Romney, in which he urged President Barack Obama to adopt a mandated approach to purchasin...

Santorum On Romney: 'He's Not Someone You Can Trust'

The Huffington Post | Jon Ward | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Rick Santorum said that Mitt Romney has misled voters about his position on a federal mandate for individuals to purchase health ins...

Mitt Romney Pushed RomneyCare As Model For Obama In 2009

Huffington Post | Peter Finocchiaro | Posted 03.03.2012 | Politics

Health care reform has been perhaps the biggest policy obstacle to Mitt Romney's presidential hopes since Congress passed the national overhaul early ...

Romney Urged Obama To Embrace Individual Mandate In 2009

Talking Points Memo | Posted 03.03.2012 | Politics

In July 2009, Mitt Romney called on President Obama to require Americans to buy insurance as part of his health care plan, using "tax penalties" as a ...

Supreme Court Review of Health Reform: Will History Repeat Itself?

Douglas L. McSwain | Posted 05.02.2012 | Politics
Douglas L. McSwain

As Chief Justice Roberts famously testified in his confirmation hearing, the Supreme Court's function is to call "balls and strikes." So, some might ask, which is Obamacare: a strike or ball? Is the individual mandate constitutional or not?