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Health Care: Give the People What They Want

Robert Scheer | Posted 08.20.2012 | Politics
Robert Scheer

Let me humbly suggest that as an alternative to a mandatory system rejected by the majority, we return to the idea of covering most people by attracting them to quality public and private programs through consumer choice. It's called Medicare and it works splendidly.

WAIT ANOTHER WEEK: No Health Care Ruling Today

Posted 06.21.2012 | Politics

UPDATE: The Supreme Court did not announce a ruling on the health care case or the Arizona immigration law Thursday. The next time to announce decisio...

Erin Mershon

Howard Dean Hopes Supreme Court Throws Out Individual Mandate | Erin Mershon | Posted 06.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Howard Dean shares something with conservative politicians: He, too, is hoping that the Supreme Court throws out the individual mandate....

Uninsured Face Uncertain Future If Court Strikes Down Health Care Law

The New Republic | Alec MacGillis | Posted 06.19.2012 | Politics

SEWANEE, Tenn. - As Robin Layman, a mother of two who has major health troubles but no insurance, arrived at a free clinic here, she had a big persona...

Why The Supreme Court's Obamacare Decision Could Be A Game Changer

Mother Jones | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics

Two years ago, when President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, the idea that its individual mandate provision was unconstitutional was l...

Court's Health Care Ruling Sheds Light On Moral Compass

The Nation | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics

The Supreme Court's highly anticipated ruling on Obama's healthcare reforms could come any day now. Whatever the verdict, expect much ado about the ho...

Why Republicans Oppose The Individual Mandate

The New Yorker | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics

On March 23, 2010, the day that President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, fourteen state attorneys general filed suit against the law...

Justice Pokes Fun At Health Care Guessing Game

AP | Posted 08.16.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says those who are guessing publicly what the court will say on the constitutionality of President Bara...

Supreme Court Conservatives: Clueless, Callous and Poised for a Power Grab

Kathie McClure | Posted 08.14.2012 | Politics
Kathie McClure

The Court's conservative justices portrayed the ACA's individual mandate as coercing Americans to buy insurance they don't want or need. So who are the victims of the individual mandate? Why must the Supreme Court protect them from this tyrannical law?

Decisions, Decisions: What the Supreme Court Might Mean for New York's Health System

James R. Knickman | Posted 08.14.2012 | New York
James R. Knickman

Within the next two weeks, the Supreme Court's long-awaited ruling on the Affordable Care Act will be announced. During these long months of speculation, here's what I see as the key opportunities and obstacles under each possible scenario.

ObamaCare's Congressional Intent

J. Bradley Jansen | Posted 08.13.2012 | Politics
J. Bradley Jansen

I expect the court to strike down the individual mandate, given the administration's inability to articulate a limiting principle to sustain it. This begs the question: Will the law be struck down in its entirety? The guide to answering this question is congressional intent.

Final Word to Justice Kennedy: Actually, There Is No Individual Mandate

Paul Abrams | Posted 08.11.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Although there are solid arguments that an individual mandate in the PPCA is well within the four corners of the Constitution, it is also worth noting that the supposed demonic imperative that a person must purchase an insurance plan from a private company does not even exist.

Waiting for Godot -- Supreme Court Style

Linda Bergthold | Posted 08.08.2012 | Politics
Linda Bergthold

In the play Waiting for Godot, Godot never arrives, but the entire play is consumed with hand-wringing about what might happen if he did appear. In the case of the Affordable Care Act, there is similar hand-wringing over the Supreme Court decision about the fate of health reform, although we know the answer will arrive by the end of June. What are the possibilities for a Court decision on health reform and what might the impact be in each case? If the entire Act is declared unconstitutional, Americans could lose a number of benefits that have already been implemented; or, we could lose the opportunity, once health reform is fully implemented in 2014, to choose a health plan through a state exchange. With that loss, we would see a revival of the high cost of individual insurance plans and the chance of being rejected for coverage.

Jeffrey Young

Job-Killing Health Care Reform? Not In Mitt Romney's Massachusetts | Jeffrey Young | Posted 06.08.2012 | Business

You've heard it a million times before: President Barack Obama's health care reform law is a job killer that will drive up costs for American business...

Letter to Justice Kennedy: The Limitations You Requested

Paul Abrams | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Before you overturn the PPCA, be very certain that you have a clear and unambiguous reason to do so. Real lives of very vulnerable people depend on it.

Contentious Romney Achievement Has Mass. Appeal

AP | STEVE LeBLANC | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics

BOSTON — It's the single most contentious element of President Barack Obama's health care law: the requirement that nearly everyone have insuran...

Are Liberals About to Lose Their Faith in Courts?

Bruce Peabody | Posted 08.05.2012 | Politics
Bruce Peabody

Democrats and Republicans are rethinking whether the courts are political foes or allies -- and the pending health care decision could push them over the edge.

Emails Show Romney Strongly Defended Mass. Insurance Mandate

The Wall Street Journal | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics

When Mitt Romney left office as Massachusetts governor, his aides removed all emails from a server computer in the governor's office, and purchased an...

Sam Stein

White House Weighs Health Care Without The Individual Mandate | Sam Stein | Posted 06.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Health care reform advocates are growing more confident in the idea that the Affordable Care Act can remain viable even if the Supreme C...

The Supreme Court vs. Congress

Leon Friedman | Posted 08.04.2012 | Politics
Leon Friedman

In the last 10 years, the Supreme Court has found federal laws unconstitutional 14 times, for a total of 172 since 1803. The justifications for doing so fall generally into three distinct categories.

Why Was There No Backlash To The Individual Mandate In Massachusetts?

The New Republic | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics

BOSTON—One of the most interesting stories about health care reform in Massachusetts, where I’m on a learning tour this week, is a story that neve...

Insurers Laying the Groundwork to Remove Consumer Protections if Mandate in Obamacare Is Tossed

Wendell Potter | Posted 07.21.2012 | Politics
Wendell Potter

The worst-case scenario for insurers is if the high court strikes down the provision of the law requiring us to buy coverage (the so-called individual mandate), but allows the law's important consumer protections to go forward.

Supreme Court Health Care Ruling Could Mean Life Or Death For Some

AP | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR | Posted 07.17.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Cancer patient Kathy Watson voted Republican in 2008 and believes the government has no right telling Americans to get health insur...

The Constitutionality of the Individual Mandate

Richard Leffler | Posted 07.07.2012 | Politics
Richard Leffler

The briefs and oral arguments before the Supreme Court regarding the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act would have benefited from close attention to two opinions by Chief Justice John Marshall, which are referred to only in snippets.

Jon Ward

Obama Campaign Faces Choice: Romney As Goldwater Or As Godfather Of Mandate | Jon Ward | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– One of the first clues that President Barack Obama intended to paint Mitt Romney as a right wing extremist came during his remarks at ...