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Legal Forecast: The Supreme Court Won't Strike Health Reform - Part I

Douglas L. McSwain | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics
Douglas L. McSwain

The legal forecast for the Affordable Care Act -- "Obamacare" -- is partly sunny. While the Supreme Court recently accepted the Act for review, it's not expected to hurl lightning bolts striking down any part of the Act. (Of course, this is only a prediction.)

Health Care Reform Is Here!

Douglas L. McSwain | Posted 01.22.2012 | Politics
Douglas L. McSwain

The health reform Act has ten separate parts and the vast majority of its provisions are not subject to any legal challenge. Those waiting for a ruling before taking steps to get ready for what the law requires may want to reconsider.

John Celock

Governor Asks If Federal Broccoli Mandate Is Next | John Celock | Posted 11.17.2011 | Politics

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) questioned Wednesday night if a federal broccoli purchase mandate would follow the individual mandate on health car...

Gingrich Firm Promotes Health Care Plan With Individual Mandate

Mother Jones | David Corn | Posted 11.17.2011 | Politics

In CNN's Republican presidential debate last month, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney tangled after the former Massachusetts governor declared that the id...

'They're The Same F***ing Bill'

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Politics

Jonathan Gruber, an M.I.T. economist hired by Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to help craft health care reform, sharply criticized the Republican presi...

Health Care Reform: The U.S. Supreme Court vs. the Court of Public Opinion

Rosemary Gibson | Posted 01.15.2012 | Politics
Rosemary Gibson

Those who have to pay huge chunk of their income for health insurance won't care about the Supreme Court's interpretation of the U.S. Constitution; they will care about the constitution of their own wallets and checking accounts.

Mike Sacks

Supreme Court May Decide in Mid-November To Hear Health Care Cases | Mike Sacks | Posted 12.26.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court justices will consider whether to rule on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act at their conference on Thurs...

Obama's Dare to SCOTUS Could Screw Patients & Help Insurers

Jamie Court | Posted 12.21.2011 | Politics
Jamie Court

In a remarkable act of either stupidity or brinksmanship, the Obama Administration challenged the US Supreme Court to either keep the federal individual mandate to buy health insurance or throw it out.

Individual Mandate: Republicans Were for It Before They Were Against It. In Fact, It Was Their Idea

Wendell Potter | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics
Wendell Potter

In the GOP debate Tuesday night, Gingrich acknowledged in an unguarded moment that a core element of "ObamaCare" was a proposal originated by the Heritage Foundation, a powerful conservative think tank.

Why Obama's Health Care Setback Vindicates Health Care Reform

The New Republic | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 12.17.2011 | Politics

For these reasons, conservatives like Peter Suderman who criticized CLASS as unsustainable were right to raise alarms, while liberals like me were wro...

The Simple Answer to the "Individual Mandate" Question

Paul Abrams | Posted 12.03.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Now that the Obama administration has decided to appeal directly to the Supreme Court, the question is front-and-center.

Mike Sacks

Who's Urging Supreme Court To Listen To GOP Judge On Health Care? | Mike Sacks | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When the Justice Department submitted a petition to the Supreme Court yesterday urging it to declare once and for all that the 2010 heal...

The "Individual Mandate" and the Constitution -- Purely a Matter of Timing.

Paul Abrams | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

The 2012 elections will propel the merits of the individual mandate cases to the forefront of our political dialogue for at least the next 14 months, it is worth removing the smoke and noise from the constitutional argument so that everyone can clearly identify the issue.

The Individual Mandate and HPV Vaccine: Can You Say State Police Powers?

Scott Kahan, M.D. | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics
Scott Kahan, M.D.

While it might be politically popular to tell people, "the government can't make you," that promise doesn't work in reality. For the sake of public health, let's all hope Perry's is the road less traveled.

Silver Linings in the Health Care Ruling

Ron Pollack | Posted 10.17.2011 | Politics
Ron Pollack

For those of us who have followed in the footsteps of earlier generations and fought for progress for years, Friday's decision on the Affordable Care Act by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals feels familiar.

Why the New Healthcare Law Should Have Been Based on Medicare (And What Democrats Should Have Learned By Now)

Robert Reich | Posted 10.15.2011 | Politics
Robert Reich

What should Obama and the Democrats do if the individual mandate in the new health care law gets struck down by the Supreme Court? Immediately propose what they should have proposed right from the start -- universal health care based on Medicare for all.

G.W. Bush-Appointed Judge Rejects Constitutional Challenge to Obama's Health Care Reform Law

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

For the first time since Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a Republican-appointed judge has voted to uphold Congress's power to enact the health care reform law, including the minimum coverage provision.

Jon Ward

Tea Party Activists Say Romney Not Much Better Than Obama, Resist Calls For Unity | Jon Ward | Posted 08.16.2011 | Politics

ROCHESTER, NH -- Inside the long, low-slung white church here, close to the Maine state line and about 20 minutes from the seacoast, the 35 gathered T...

Jon Ward

There Is No Tea Party: FreedomWorks CEO On The Movement's Evolution And Its Role In 2012 | Jon Ward | Posted 08.10.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– One thing is certain. There is no Tea Party. There are only tea parties. In other words, two years after the birth of a new force ...

Jason Cherkis

Is Huntsman Really Responsible For Killing Utah's Healthcare Mandate? | Jason Cherkis | Posted 08.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former Utah Governor and GOP presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman Jr. wants you to know he hates mandates. In fact, he claims at the very l...

Sam Stein

GOP 2012 Hopeful Retaliates Against Health Care Reform Claims | Sam Stein | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Indiana Governor Mitch Daniel's office is downplaying, if not fully disregarding, a 2003 story that claims he favored requiring all Amer...

Jon Ward

Newt Gingrich Takes On More Water: Conservative Group Says His Record Has 'Frequent,' 'Serious' Problems | Jon Ward | Posted 07.16.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- As former House Speaker and current GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich struggled Monday to clarify contradictory positions and q...

Jon Ward

Mitt Romney's State Sovereignty Argument Fails To Lift Health Care 'Boat Anchor' From Around His Neck | Jon Ward | Posted 07.11.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The 10th amendment is a cause celebre among the Tea Party. So Mitt Romney’s argument that uses state sovereignty to defend his health ...

Appeals Court Considers Virginia's Challenge to Health Law That Already Benefits Millions

Ethan Rome | Posted 07.09.2011 | Politics
Ethan Rome

The Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., will hear arguments Tuesday on contradictory rulings by two Virginia federal judges on attempts to invalidate the new health care law's requirement that everyone who can afford private insurance must buy it.

Obama Challenges Republicans by Supporting Wyden-Brown

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Wyden-Brown gives the Republicans everything they asked for -- the freedom to do things their own way in Republican states. The fact that they are running away from this sort of challenge is telling.