12:31 PM, July 10th, 2012

What do these 4 governors have in common? Hint: it involves denying poor people health care. 

(Photos: Scott Olson / Getty Images, Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images, Joe Raedle / Getty Images, Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

4:30 PM, July 9th, 2012
One day in the spring of 1989, Barack Obama and I found ourselves discussing a case whose relevance to the Supreme Court’s 2012 health-care decision neither of us could conceivably have anticipated at the time. I had recently hired Barack—I’ll call him that here because that’s what I called him then—as my principal research assistant, and he was helping me with a complicated law-review article about what lawyers can learn from modern physics. I can still recall him sitting on the floor of my law-school office on that particular day, a lanky kid in jeans and leather jacket, the sun streaming in through my windows, as we went back and forth discussing a Supreme Court decision that had been handed down several months earlier.
9:39 AM, June 30th, 2012

GOP Govs Prep for Fight

Usually it’s childen who are this petulant about taking their medicine. Republican governors like New Jersey’s Chris Christie and South Carolina’s Nikki Haley say they have no intention of moving forward with the changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act. After the Supreme Court ruled that the law is constitutional, the governors say they’re waiting for Mitt Romney, who has promised to repeal the act, to win November. “Here in Louisiana, look, we refused to set up the exchange,” said Governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal. “We’re not going to start implementing Obamacare.”

Read it at Politico

More on healthcare:

10:12 AM, June 28th, 2012
The individual mandate survives as a tax.

SCOTUSblog, on the Health Care decision. More as we get it. (via shortformblog)

CNN originally reported that it was struck down, and they were wrong. 

SCOTUSblog: “So the mandate is constitutional. Chief Justice Roberts joins the left of the Court.”

Reblogged from ShortFormBlog
9:53 AM, June 28th, 2012

Annndd we’re live! Our panelists are making their predictions now. Have a question for them? You can leave them here and we’ll pass them on. 

1:31 PM, June 27th, 2012

Who’s Screwed If Obamacare Gets the Ax?


These are just a few of the people who could get the shaft if the Supreme Court axes the Affordable Care Act:

  1. Debt-Strangled Young 20-Somethings
  2. People Who Are Bad at Paperwork
  3. Southerners
  4. Fans of Non-Procreative Sex
  5. Insurance Companies

So we’re screwed a few times over, huh. Great!

So screwed. 

Reblogged from Newsweek
1:41 PM, June 25th, 2012

Bill Clinton Warns About Supreme Court Ruling Against Obamacare

“[The Republicans] refused to back the president in his support for state and local government, and that has allowed 670,000 teachers, police officers, firefighters, and others to be laid off…If they had supported the president, the unemployment rate would be 7.3 percent instead of the current 8-plus percent.”

12:54 PM, April 6th, 2012
The Supreme Court can legitimately return Obamacare?” asks a headline on the French news site 9 POK . The article slowly walks through the legal rationale behind the court’s right to wipe away Congress’s legislation. “Sans précédent, extraordinaires” reads the article. In the German edition of The Financial Times, Sabine Muscat is astonished at Justice Antonin Scalia’s argument that if the government can mandate insurance, it can also require people to eat broccoli. “Absurder Vergleich” reads the article’s kicker, which in English translates to, “Absurd Comparison.” In trying to defeat the bill, Muscat writes, Scalia is making a “strange analogy [to] vegetables.
1:42 PM, March 30th, 2012

For decades, the Supreme Court has refused to televise its proceedings, arguing that video cameras would be distracting, encourage grandstanding by justices, and allow snippets of argument to be taken out of context by a voracious news media. 

It doesn’t look like there will be cameras in the Supreme Court any time soon. Which is good if you like the drawings I guess. 

6:39 PM, March 28th, 2012

Citing precedents would have required Verrilli to admit that ‘Yes, Virginia (and Florida), there is a government power to make us buy broccoli.’ 

Why we shouldn’t blame Solicitor General Verrilli for the ACA’s stumble in front of the Supreme Court. 
(Photo via @danielwein)

Citing precedents would have required Verrilli to admit that ‘Yes, Virginia (and Florida), there is a government power to make us buy broccoli.’ 

Why we shouldn’t blame Solicitor General Verrilli for the ACA’s stumble in front of the Supreme Court

(Photo via @danielwein)

1:06 PM, March 28th, 2012
Going into the hearings I was very confident . Now I am less so. Almost all experts have said this was a very clear legal call in favor of the mandate, but the conesrvative justices appear to be taking a very liberaterian stand in their questioning. I still think it will pass muster, but 5-4 at best.
MIT economist and Affordable Care Act architect Jonathan Gruber is live chatting with us right now. Come ask questions! 
12:26 PM, March 28th, 2012

Frontpage: Wednesday, Mar 28th

  1. Few Alternatives for MandateThe Supreme Court heads into its final day Wednesday of arguments about the constitutionality of a mandate that requires all Americans to buy health insurance. If that portion of the law is struck down, it’s unclear how much of the 2010 health-care bill will survive. The justices will be examining the bill to find how much of it can survive without the mandate, which some lower courts have ruled cannot be separated from the bill as a whole—including politically popular portions.
  2. Pope to Meet with Raul Castro: According to a government website, Raul Castro said that he will be happy to meet with Pope Benedict XVI Wednesday as the pontiff prepares to celebrate an outdoor mass in Havana. 
  3. Iran Agrees to Nuke Talks: It’s time to sit down at the table, Iran’s foreign minister said Wednesday. With the international community concerned about the Islamic Republic’s nuclear ambitions, Iranian officials said that the country will reopen talks about its program April 13.
  4. Gingrich to Cut StaffBig changes abound in the Gingrich camp: a third of the staff will be laid off, Newt’s campaign schedule is shrinking, and his manager has been replaced. The presidential campaign has become so strapped for cash that it started charging supporters $50 for a photo. 
  5. NY Maid Launches Suit Against DSKA New York maid who accused former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault last year launched a civil lawsuit against him on Wednesday. Prosecutors dropped the charges last year against Strauss-Kahn after they said they had serious questions about the credibility of the accuser, Nafissatou Diallo.

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