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  • Supreme Court Issues 5-to-4 Rulings, But Not On Obamacare

    June 18, 2012
    The Supreme Court announced four decisions today, three of them decided by slender 5-to-4 margins, but not the long-awaited ruling about the constitutionality of Obamacare. I discuss these four decisions at this link. Two of the three decisions in which the court split 5-to-4 were cases in which there was no ideological division among the justices, and both liberal and "conservative" justices joined the majority opinion. That, too, is unremarkable, as I...
  • More First Amendment Violations from Obamacare, Thanks to HHS

    May 15, 2012
    Obamacare will drive up costs for most patients and insurance policyholders. Yet "health-insurance companies must tell customers who get a premium rebate this summer that the check is the result of the Obama administration's health-care law, according to federal guidelines released Friday. . . .Rules finalized by the Department of...
  • Economic "Recovery" Is Slow and Weak Due to Obama Administration Policies

    April 2, 2012
    Typically, after the economy suffers an unusually severe recession, it bounces back in an unusually rapid recovery -- what some economists and others refer to as the "rubber-band effect."  But not now. Despite the huge worldwide recession in 2008-09, the economy has experienced only a weak recovery, with fewer people employed in America today than when President Obama took office. "At this point in the typical post-World War II recovery, the economy was growing at an average pace of nearly 5 percent. The Obama recovery has managed just over 2 percent." As James Pethokoukis...
  • Obamacare: Constitutionality Argument Misses the Point Entirely

    March 29, 2012
    Conservatives are ebullient over the unexpected hostility and skepticism the government's lawyers faced from the Supreme Court Justices over the three days of hearings on the constitutionality of Obamacare.  In fact, so withering was the interrogation that the consensus of the Beltway-NYC elite has shifted virtually overnight from "Of course the Court will uphold it!" to "Oh my God! The individual mandate is doomed!" It is heartening to see the Justices take the constitutional question seriously, and entertaining to see them pick apart the very weak case(s) for the individual mandate that every American purchase health insurance or face government sanction. And it certainly seems more possible now than it did last week that the Court may throw the baby out, and the bath water too, for good measure. However, it is possible that this focus on constitutionality may someday backfire on...
  • No to Broccoli Mandate, Yes to Health Insurance Mandate?

    March 28, 2012
    Over at the Daily Caller, I go over some possible explanations for the different results and conclude:
  • Obamacare Harms State Finances, Imposes Unfunded Mandates, Drives Up State Budget Deficits; Even Democrats Criticize Provisions

    March 28, 2012
    While public attention has focused on Obamacare's unconstitutional "individual mandate," challenged yesterday in oral arguments at the Supreme Court, other parts of the health care law are more worrisome to governors facing massive state budget deficits that will be aggravated by Obamacare. As the National Governors Association noted in its Fall 2011 "Fiscal Survey Of States," "state spending on Medicaid is likely to continue to see above average growth due to… the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.” (Obamacare is known as the "Affordable Care Act" or PPACA.) A congressional report, "Medicaid Expansion In The New Health Law: Costs To The States," "conservatively...
  • Supreme Court Begins Hearing Challenges to Unconstitutional Obamacare Provisions

    March 26, 2012
    At CNN, George Mason University law professor Ilya Somin explains why Obamacare's requirement that individuals buy health insurance is beyond Congress's power under the Interstate Commerce Clause. GMU law professor David Bernstein explains why Obamacare's defenders are wrong, and have contradicted themselves, in trying to defend Obamacare based on a cost-shifting rationale. Vanderbilt law professor James Blumstein, an...
  • Obamacare Costs More Than Twice As Much As Obama Claimed; Stimulus Creates Debt, Not Jobs

    March 13, 2012
    As Daniel Foster notes, "When it was being debated, Democrats told you ACA [Obamacare] would cost $940 billion over ten years . . . But now . . . the CBO is out with new cost estimates. They ain’t pretty”:
    Today, the CBO released new projections from 2013 extending through 2022, and the results are as critics expected: the ten-year cost of the law’s core provisions to expand health insurance coverage has now ballooned to $1.76 trillion. That’s because we now have estimates for Obamacare’s first nine years of full implementation, rather than the mere six when it was signed into law. Only next year will we get a...
  • Obamacare: Anyone Have a Plan B?

    March 1, 2012
    In just a few week the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments regarding the legal challenges to the administration's controversial health-care overhaul, especially the constitutionality of the so-called "individual mandate" that requires every American to purchase government-approved insurance. The Court's finding on the matter will be the most consequential ruling in that august institutions long history, excepting only perhaps the infamous 1857 Dred Scott decision. If the Supreme Court upholds the law, there will officially be no limits to the federal government's scope, no ceiling on its powers, no real liberty in America, economic or otherwise. (It is hard to believe it has come to this, that a people who once set a continent in flames over a trifling tax have been reduced to hoping a court will save them from enslaving...
  • Taxmageddon Comes Just After the Election

    February 19, 2012
    On December 31, shortly after the November election, tax rates will rise across the board in what congressional aides call "Taxmageddon," notes The Washington Post. Not only will the Bush tax cuts come to an end, but new taxes will kick in to pay for Obamacare's rising costs:
    On Dec. 31, the George W. Bush-era tax cuts are scheduled to expire, raising rates on investment income, estates and gifts, and earnings at all levels. Overnight, the marriage penalty for joint filers will spring back to life, the value of the child credit will drop from $1,000 to $500, and the rate everyone pays on the first $8,700 of wages will jump from 10 percent to 15 percent.
    The Social Security payroll tax...


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