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Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) is questioning the Obama administration's authority to immediately provide federal firefighters with health insurance.
Lost in all the uproar over the U.S. Supreme Court's June 28 "Obamacare" ruling was the crucial link between health-care reform and the issue voters care most about: the economy. America's current health-care "system" isn't just an ungainly, costly, and unjust mess.
NEW YORK ( TheStreet ) -- The Supreme Court will announce its decision on the constitutionality of Obamacare Thursday. In case you don't remember, the real name of the bill is "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act."
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Basking in an enormous political triumph, President Obama on Thursday hailed the Supreme Court’s ruling on the healthcare law as “a victory for people all over this country.” Declaring that the “highest court in the land has now spoken,” Obama said the 5-4 decision by the high court reaffirmed a fundamental principle that “no illness or accident should lead to any family’s financial ruin.”
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (CNSNews.com) – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that Obamacare facilitates the type of “liberation” that the “Founders had in mind” because it allows you to quit your job and become a “photographer,” a “writer,” a “musician”--or “whatever.” “As you hear from these stories, this is a liberation,” Pelosi said at a Capitol Hill news conference Thursday.
Then-Solicitor General Elena Kagan and President Barack Obama in the White House on May 10, 2010, the day Obama nominated Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (CNSNews.com) - When the Supreme Court on Monday began hearing oral arguments in the cases challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—AKA “Obamacare”—Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan showed up to hear the arguments and gave no indication she would recuse herself from judging the cases even though she had cheered enactment of Obamacare as an Obama political appointee and had personally assigned her top deputy in the Obama Justice Department to defend the law in federal court. A federal law, 28 USC 455, says a Supreme Court justice must recuse from “any proceeding in which his impartiality might reasonably be questioned” or anytime he has “expressed an opinion concerning the merits of the particular case in controversy” while he “served in governmental employment.”
Administration Admits to Court: Under Obamacare, Select Group Can Get Health Care, Not Pay for It, Not Buy Insurance, Not Pay PenaltySolicitor General Donald Verrilli (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Released: March 14, 2012 Gas Prices Offset Good News about Jobs Overview Mitt Romney has retaken a significant lead nationally in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, even as he has fallen further behind Barack Obama in a general election matchup. Moreover, Obama’s own job approval rating has reached 50% for the first time since last May, shortly after the killing of Osama bin Laden. The latest national survey by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, conducted March 7-11 among 1,503 adults, including 1,188 registered voters and 538 Republican and Republican-leaning voters, finds that Romney leads Rick Santorum, 33% to 24%, in the GOP nomination contest.
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The Supreme Court will uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA) not only because it's constitutional, but because to do otherwise would impose a massive judicial intervention in one of the economy's most complex sectors and derail a train with millions of individuals and businesses on board. If the conservative justices disregard decades of legal precedents and strike all or part of Obamacare, they would not merely be tearing down the most sweeping piece of social legislation since Medicare and Medicaid, they would be taking away substantial consumer protections and benefits from millions of America's seniors, families and small businesses. The court would have to take responsibility for dismantling the law piece by piece, a task as difficult as it is unconscionable.
Republicans are absolutely gleeful about the possibility that the Supreme Court may strike down the Affordable Care Act, despite the fact that doing so would increase premiums , cause millions to lose health insurance, and ultimately raise health care spending. Now, several health experts are warning of another unintended consequence: Medicare might not be able to function properly, potentially putting patient care and payments to doctors at risk. As some experts told NPR, the program could be thrown into complete chaos :
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