Posts tagged ‘supreme court’

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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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.

Take the quiz….

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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June 8, 2012

Poll Update: Bain Capital Attacks & Supreme Court

Obama’s Bain Capital attacks may be working with battleground state voters

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign has come under fire for its attacks on Mitt Romney’s time at Bain Capital—with several Democrats, including Bill Clinton and Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker, suggesting Obama’s focus on private equity companies could backfire.

But if a new poll of voters in key swing states is any judge, the Obama campaign is unlikely to drop its Bain strategy anytime soon.

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May 1, 2012

Is it Time to Fire Obama’s Top Lawyer?

Given Donald Verrilli Jr.’s poor showing in two consecutive, landmark cases is it time for Obama to let him go?

For the second time in two months Donald Verrilli Jr. delivered a dismal performance in front of the Supreme Court. One would think after ineffective defense of the Affordable Care Act the President would reconsider allowing him back onto the front lines. Are some things simply too important to leave up to second chances?

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April 10, 2012

US Presidents, the Courts & Conservative Shifts

Well Obama up and stuck his foot in his mouth once again. This past week he dared to criticize the Supreme Court’s authority to overturn the will of elected representatives of Congress. Or did he?

So much uproar has resulted from the President’s response to a question put to him during a press conference with Mexican President Felipe Calderon. Mitt Romney responded by questioning Obama’s knowledge of the Court’s history. Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell, stated the president’s criticisms were unprecedented, advising the President to “back off”, apparently forgetting his own criticism of a 2003 campaign finance reform decision. And as if to top the whole controversy off, Judge Jerry Smith of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals rebuked the administration by assigning homework for the President and Eric Holder to detail out in a 3 page, double-spaced paper their understanding of judicial authority.

Now presidential criticism of the Court is nothing new. From the very beginnings of the  republic, presidents have offered up choice words for Supreme Court decisions the disagreed with.

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April 7, 2012

Tracking Campaign Ad Cash; What Can You Do?

Amidst the fallout of Citizens United, politcal action committees (PACS), and now SuperPACS, have propagated across the airwaves and social media with little or no transparency of their sources of funding. In an effort to bring some accountability to the public arena ProPublica; the Pulitzer Prize winning, independent, nonprofit, online news publication; has launched a grassroots effort to document who is spending money on what…And YOU can help.

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April 6, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Europe Baffled by US Health Care Reform Debate

Only in America could there be a firestorm controversy over providing access to health care for 30 million plus U.S. citizens. At least this is the general perspective shared by much of Europe as to WHY the Affordable Care Act’s provisions are opposed so fervently here in America. As many know Europeans enjoy universal health care coverage. It has become as engrained into their social fabric as Medicare and Social Security has here. As a result they are utterly confused as to why there is a debate over this issue. The articles here provides a small glimpse into the confusion our neighbors across the Pond are experiencing over this perculiar political battle over health care.

Europe Is Baffled by the U.S. Supreme Court

Europe is scratching its head over possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court will strike down President Obama’s signature legislative achievement.

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