Insurers and their powerful friends need the new business an individual mandate will provideOpponents of the Affordable Care Act who believe the Supreme Court will declare the law unconstitutional are going to be disappointed next year when a majority of the nine justices vote to uphold it. It will likely be a 5-4 decision, but moderate conservative Anthony Kennedy will, I’m confident, recognize that without the law, the free-market system of health insurance, so highly valued by conservatives, will implode, sooner rather than later.The high court announced earlier this week that it will hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of the law next March. A decision is expected in June, just a few weeks before the parties hold their conventions. Regardless of which way the justices go, the decision will ensure that health care reform will be as contentious a campaign issue as it was in 2008.Here’s the reality. The provision of Obamacare at the heart of the constitutional … [Read more...] about Supreme Court Likely to Uphold Obamacare as Constitutional: ANALYSIS
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A year ago Friday, Democrats sarcastically serenaded Republicans with chants of "Nah nah nah nah, hey hey, goodbye" as the GOP shoved legislation through the House scuttling the Obamacare health care law. Now, Democrats battling to capture House and Senate control in November's elections are trying to weaponize that roll call, in which 217 Republicans voted yes. In Michigan, Arkansas and elsewhere, Democrats are hammering Republicans for voting to replace the increasingly popular statute with a bill Congress' own budget experts said would have boosted premiums and the ranks of the uninsured. "Voters are very upset with the actions Republicans took" trying to repeal Obama's law, said Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., who heads the Senate Democrats' campaign committee. "This is an issue that we're seeing at the top of voters' minds, and this is across all states." To sharpen the effect, many ads couple the healthcare vote with last December's passage of a GOP tax cut, which … [Read more...] about Democrats Using 2017 ‘Obamacare’ Vote as Political Weapon
Aug 2 (Reuters) - Four major U.S. cities filed a lawsuit on Thursday contending that President Donald Trump's administration is unconstitutionally seeking to undermine Obamacare by failing to faithfully execute the healthcare law.The complaint in federal court in Baltimore, filed by the cities of Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, alleged that the Republican president is "waging a relentless campaign to sabotage and, ultimately, to nullify the law."The lawsuit argued that because Congress has not repealed the Affordable Care Act, as Obamacare is legally known, the U.S. Constitution requires Trump to take care that it, like other laws, is "faithfully executed."The cities in Ohio, Maryland and Illinois contended that the administration's actions are forcing them to spend more on uncompensated care for their residents by driving up the rate of uninsured individuals. 13 PHOTOS Protests for and against Obamacare See Gallery Protests for and against Obamacare Tea … [Read more...] about Four cities sue over Trump ‘sabotage’ of Obamacare
THE PROGNOSIS President Trump is looking to expand short-term health plans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Your monthly premiums could be 20 percent lower if you buy the kind of short-term health plan the Trump administration is seeking to expand. But you won't necessarily get benefits such as maternity care or prescription drugs. Yesterday was the deadline to comment on a proposal from the Department of Health and Human Services to let people buy these lean, short-term plans for a full year instead of just three months — and the agency got lots of mail from industry groups and medical associations urging it to modify or change its course. If the administration finalizes the proposal — which could happen within the next few months — it will please conservatives who view it as a solution to expensive health plans under Obamacare. Because short-term plans are currently designed to basically tide people over during an unexpected coverage gap, such as a job … [Read more...] about The Health 202: The health-care world slams Trump’s proposal for short-term insurance plans