Archive for ‘Affordable Care Act’

July 13, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Unpopular Mandate

An interesting article tracing the evolution of the Republican Party’s love-hate relationship with the individual mandate from their 20 years supporting it to their paradigm shift as it became part of the Democrats’ health care reform.

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’s  requirement that most Americans purchase health insurance, on the ground that it  was unconstitutional. It was hard to find a law professor in the country who  took them seriously. “The argument about constitutionality is, if not frivolous,  close to it,” Sanford Levinson, a University of Texas law-school professor, told  the McClatchy newspapers.

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July 12, 2012

The Daily Scoop: ACA “Largest Tax Increase in History”

A new ad attacks Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., on the health care law and claims to have “the facts.” But then it trots out a series of well-worn distortions.

The ad is from an outside spending group called American Commitment, which said on its website that it supports “free markets, economic growth, constitutionally limited government, property rights, and individual freedom.” It’s a 501(c)4, so it doesn’t have to disclose its donors. (For more details about American Commitment’s connections and spending, check out this report from the Washington Post.)

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July 9, 2012

Health Care vs. Politics: Who Wins?

In light of the growing number of Republican governors’ refusals to implement provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the most prominent of which being Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Rick Perry of Texas, it becomes prudent to contemplate the trends of access to care, residents’ health status and the political leanings of individual states across the country.

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July 2, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Should Small Businesses Really Fear Obamacare?

One of the Affordable Care Acts’ opponents ‘most repeated claims is its “job killing” nature. According to the law’s critics, it has caused widespread uncertainty for the business community throughout the US keeping them from effectively budgeting for premium costs which results in companies putting off hiring. Other claims call the law’s coverage requirements prohibitive which will cause small businesses to choose between retaining costly employee health insurance plans & eliminating coverage and just pay the cheaper penalty. Opponent are positive the burdens of the health care reform will eventually drive people out of business and kill the entrepreneurial spirit in the US.

But is any of this true?

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July 1, 2012

Daily Scoop: McConnell states health care access for uninsured “Not the Issue” [video]

The health care reform debate continues even after the Supreme Court ruled on its constitutionality. Republicans have stood firm on their vow to “Repeal & Replace” yet their problems begin when asked about the replace portion of that promise. Both Mitt Romney and Republican leadership have touted “common sense“, step-by-step reforms. They promise to implement interstate commerce of insurance, keep insurers from denying coverage, allow young people on their parents’ insurance, implement industry cost-saving measures. The interesting part of these common sense reforms is that they are already in the Affordable Care Act.

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June 30, 2012

Health Care Reform Quiz: How much do you know?

In a historic, high-stakes showdown, the US Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of President Obama’s health-care reform law. How well do you know the law and the underlying issues? Take our quiz to find out.

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June 29, 2012

Obamacare: A Second Chance to Tell the Truth

In a truly unexpected 5-4 decision with Chief Justice Roberts leading the way the Supreme Court ruled President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, and its hotly contested individual mandate, was indeed constitutional. While the last 2 years were filled with court challenges and rampant questionable claims over the bill’s intent, the administration and the Democrats need to decide what to do now. Mitt Romney and the Republican Party have already taken up a steadfast “repeal and replace” position. But what about the Democrats? Now that the constitutionality of the law is no longer in question, they have what amounts to a second chance to wrest control of the conversation from the GOP and tell the voting public what is actually in the bill. 

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June 25, 2012

Repeal Quickly & Replace Slowly with…..?

As the eve of the Affordable Care Act’s fate fast approaches, both sides of the partisan divide eagerly wait upon baited breath to pounce on whichever decision is laid down. Republicans have vowed to settle for nothing short of complete elimination since the law’s inception. The Supreme Court may do what GOP has been unable to do on their own. Whatever direction the Court takes, the Reform’s opponents promise to “repeal quickly and replace slowly” but with what is unclear.  

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June 9, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Health Care After the Supreme Court Ruling

LATER this month, the Supreme Court will rule on the Obama administration’s health care law, the Affordable Care Act, deciding whether to uphold or strike down the entire law, or to keep some provisions.  No matter the decision, the political ramifications in this election year will be big.

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May 26, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Democrat Offers State Opt-IN for Single-Payer Care

Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) will soon introduce legislation that would allow states to use federal funds they’re receiving through Medicare, Medicaid, and other health care programs to build a universal single-payer system. Advocates are describing the bill as a “lifeline” for advocates:

It would create a mechanism for states to request federal funds after establishing their own health insurance programs…. It would, for the first time, create a system under which a Medicare-for-all program could be rolled out on a state-by-state basis. In California’s case, it would make coverage available to the roughly 7 million people now lacking health insurance.

“This is a huge deal,” said Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica advocacy group. “This is a lifeline for people who want to create a Medicare system at the state level.”

The bill could warm the hearts of liberals who expressed frustration with the Affordable Care Act’s more moderate approach of building on the existing health care system and should also satisfy GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The former Massachusetts governor has sought to differentiate his 2006 health reform from Obamacare by rejecting a federal prescription for reform and promising to “pursue policies that give each state the power to craft a health care reform plan that is best for its own citizens.”

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