Posts Tagged ‘SCOTUS’

  • Zero Hour for Obamacare

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    Today marks perhaps one of the most historic and important dates in the history of our government.

    The long-awaited Supreme Court case on the constitutionality of the insurance mandate contained within Obamacare – the one that forces every American citizen to purchase health insurance –has finally arrived.

    A well-known and publicized fact is that Obamacare, with all its whacky and unrealistic provisions, will now cost roughly $17 billion. As this number keeps rising, it may cost many times that number by the time it is fully implemented. From my perspective as a health care professional and small business entrepreneur, I have written extensively about the damage Obamacare is doing.

    Jay Carney doesn't want to talk about Obamacare

    The facts and fears of Obamacare seem to have no end as more and more people – and Members of Congress – become more familiar with “what’s in the bill”. Successful efforts by Republicans in the House of Representatives to repeal Obamacare, spurred on by Rep. Michele Bachmann, were DOA in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

    Since then, Obamacare has continued to attract more commentary and analysis from concerned professionals in the medical community. Medicare-aged citizens, young people tuning into their future and the general public have become concerned that Obamacare was a dreadful mistake. Public opinion polls now show a majority of Americans support the repeal of Obamacare.

    An overriding fear of many is that this monster of a bill represents the single largest power grab in the history of the U.S. It has implications for nearly every area of our lives – taxation, real estate ownership, small business, privacy, and our own health and well-being. As Obamacare continues to reveal its true nature, outrage grows over how this bill was forced upon all of us without Members of Congress even taking the time to read it.

    Politically speaking, even though the Supreme Court is evaluating only one aspect of Obamacare – the individual mandate – it is clear that the implications of this decision will have a greater impact on how our government operates in the future. A 5-4 decision striking down the mandate will give a green light to the GOP to again move to repeal the whole law. A GOP victory in November giving them control of both the House and Senate will pave the way.

    The men and women who will decide our fate

    On the other hand, other SCOTUS scenarios are being tossed around town. One has SCOTUS affirming the constitutionality of Obamacare by a 7-2 margin with conservatives on the bench finding some way to join with the liberals. I don’t believe this will happen, but if it does, it will mark the end of constitutional government. We will no longer enjoy a free society, as the government will have free reign to mandate upon the citizenry anything they felt was best for us. This would be a political, social and economic nightmare.

    What if Obamacare is affirmed by the Supreme Court, but by a narrower 5-4 margin? It would still lead to a dangerous outcome for the future of our country as a free society, but would raise the stakes even further for November’s presidential election.

    As Obama gets his reelection campaign in gear, its clear Obamacare isn’t an issue he’s anxious to run on. White House spokesman Jay Carney has gotten rather adept at dancing around the issue when pressed by reporters. Obama may be unsuccessful in handling Obamacare during this election season no matter how it turns out. If Obamacare is struck down, he loses. If it is affirmed, America loses.

    “This is the most important election of our lifetime” is a cliché we hear ad nauseam every four years. But with Obamacare and the unprecedented powers it confers upon our government at hand, this cliché has unfortunately become a sobering reality.

  • Obama kills “financially unsustainable” Obamacare program

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    We’ve known since the beginning of Obamacare that it would do the opposite of the stated promise of reigning in skyrocketing health care costs.

    The Obama Administration has pulled the plug on the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports, known as Class, was intended for people with chronic illnesses or severe disabilities.

    Why? The Administration determined that Class was financially unsustainable. Premiums were expected to cover the costs of the program for 75 years. That was about 74 years too much for Obama’s number crunchers.

    Does Obama expect us to believe that this is an outlier and that there are no other components of Obamacare that are financially unsustainable? As Obamacare continues to push costs even higher, we know better.

    The US Supreme Court has yet to determine the constitutionality of Obamacare, but as I’ve said before, we cannot rely on SCOTUS to undo this monstrosity. It must be repealed, and it should be noted that every GOP candidate for 2012 has pledged to do just that.

    Read about the Obama Administration’s decision to end Class here.

  • SCOTUS Set to Review Obamacare

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    Obamcare, which has faced legal challenges and setbacks since it’s enactment, is now headed to the Supreme Court.

    The Obama administration declined to request that the full U.S. Appeals Court for the 11th Circuit review an August ruling that the individual mandate is unconstitutional. This puts Obamacare on the fast track to the US Supreme Court and sets up an important ruling in the middle of the Presidential campaign season next year.

    While I remain optimistic that the US Supreme Court will strike down Obamacare, we cannot rely solely on them to undo this terrible law. We must continue the effort to repeal and defund it. Until it’s gone, it will continue to create employer uncertainty, damage the economy, and hit Americans with higher costs.

  • The Rounds: SCOTUS Looming

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    That Obamacare will wind up in the highest court of our great land has never been in doubt. But now that numerous conflicting rulings have been issued by our lower courts — including two unconstitutional decisions — the health law’s date with The Men in Black surely draws near.

    This fight ironically has the left decrying “judicial activism” as the sinister force behind these unconstitutional rulings. In Townhall.com, Thomas Sowell explores this phrase and how the left is trying to redefine it for their purposes.

    Also in Townhall, Lee Habeeb uses the Vinson decision to highlight the importance of the courts and why we need to pay attention.

    Yes, indeed, judges do matter. And what we need in this country are more Roger Vinsons. Keep that in mind when you rally friends to vote in 2012. Show them this opinion, and let them know that a few men in robes hold the economic life of our country in their hands. Judges matter. And the Presidents who appoint them.

    Fred Barnes, in the Weekly Standard, gives us a snapshot of the national mood that is coalescing around Obamacare as the legal front zeroes in on the Supreme Court.

    What began in 2009 as scattered protests against Obama’s plan for overhauling America’s health care system and soon became the touchstone for Republican victories in the November 2 election has now evolved into a national uprising. Last week’s refusal by the Senate to ratify the House’s repeal of Obamacare is unlikely to quell the uprising or even slow it down.

    As the attention focuses on the courts, we should not lose focus on the legislative front. There is no guarantee of a SCOTUS victory , and any such complacency must be quelled. The new GOP leadership in the House and the strengthened Senate GOP must press forward to repeal this law.

    Cartoon: Walt Handelsman