One can hope Justice Kennedy's approach of seeing the world as it really functions, and not through ideological glasses, will incline him to be a swing vote to affirm the constitutionality of imposing insurance obligations for health care.
In the past week or so, the White House has rolled out a big media push to support Obama's signature legislation. Next week, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on the subject of whether the law, as written, passes constitutional muster or not.
Before we're overrun by dueling constitutional lawyers, can one entrepreneur please weigh in on the fate of the president's health care law? Because lost in this feud is the fact that small businesses are placed at a fundamental competitive disadvantage without it.
Rather than trying to repeal the healthcare law that that has bettered the lives of Americans, Republicans should join Democrats in finding ways to expand it so that no American is without access to affordable healthcare.
Just as we will not be silenced when we are verbally attacked for speaking out, we will not go back to a society without the kind of health care for women that the Affordable Care Act provides.
Washington's recent effort at reform of healthcare has produced the mother tapeworm, the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA protects the bureaucracy, not the patients.
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.
Interesting, isn't it, that this Church so intent on managing the sex lives of its adherents is run by men and women who are not allowed to have any?
Why did health care reform have such dramatic effects? Individual-level survey data shows that health care reform supporters were seen as more liberal and thus more ideologically distant from voters.
This week, as Linsanity continued to grip the NBA, the old fashioned kind of madness dominated the political debate as the GOP continued to press its self-destructive battle over birth control. Who could have predicted that Republicans would want to make the 2012 election about uteruses instead of the economy? So we got the spectacle of a GOP-led House hearing on contraception that didn't have any women on the panel, and were treated to Santorum supporter Foster Friess' nostalgic longing for the days when "gals" used to put Bayer aspirin between their knees for contraception. In 2008, Obama and McCain basically split the male vote. But Obama got 56 percent of the women's vote, and 70 percent of unmarried women. Now maybe the GOP knows something the rest of us don't, but I'm guessing that a war against women's sexual and reproductive freedom is not a winning 2012 strategy. Could President Obama -- still presiding over high unemployment and millions of foreclosures -- be the luckiest man on earth?
If you want a simple shorthand for the dysfunction in Washington, D.C., I can do it in two words: Don Berwick.
The highly polarized debate over birth control has given rise to allegations of governmental interference and a purported "war" on religious freedom. But much of the over-heated rhetoric is due to the increasingly polarized state of our nation.
Somewhere between the comical and the incredulous, the GOP has simply channeled its inner hatred. There is, literally, nothing they will give Obama credit for and a whole host of fictive evils the responsibility for which they regularly lay at his feet.
The public hates health insurance companies. They believe they are greedy and put profits before people's health. This is personal for people, so many of whom have their own health insurance horror stories.
It might possibly cost the insurance industry $382 million to comply with the Affordable Care Act for the first two years. But the cost of allowing those companies to continue keeping consumers in the dark would be far, far higher, Mr. President.
The discourse on the responsibility for health care delivery centers on this question: is access to health care an individual "right" or is it a "privilege"?