So Republicans would just as soon change the subject from health care to almost anything else before voters vote. And if Democrats do succeed in ejecting Trump from power and taking control of both chambers of Congress, perhaps the endless GOP vendetta against the Affordable Care Act will become nothing more than a bad memory. … [Read more...] about Supreme Court to Delay Arguments on Obamacare Case Until After Election
A federal appeals court in New Orleans found the health law’s insurance requirement to be unconstitutional, but made no decision on such popular provisions as protections for people with preexisting conditions, Medicaid expansion and coverage for young adults up to age 26 on their parents’ policies. It sent the case back to O’Connor to determine whether other parts of the law can be separated from the insurance requirement, and remain in place. … [Read more...] about With a jab at Trump, Pelosi unveils new ‘Obamacare’ bill
In the case before the Supreme Court, Texas and other conservative-led states argue that the ACA was essentially rendered unconstitutional after Congress passed tax legislation in 2017 that eliminated the law’s unpopular fines for not having health insurance, but left in place its requirement that virtually all Americans have coverage. … [Read more...] about As COVID cases rise, White House seeks to scrap ‘Obamacare’
He’s also promised to release a new Supreme Court prospect list before September 1, probably hoping to add a few more conservative Christian favorites and rebuild trust in his capacity to keep the counter-revolutionary judicial promises he made in 2016. It’s a token of how much the president believes in the power of this issue that he has reportedly longed for a retirement from Justice Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas — his two staunchest allies on the Court — so he could wage a good, vicious, base-rousing Supreme Court confirmation fight before Election Day. Had that happened (it appears it won’t), there’s no question the Supreme Court would have been front and center in the presidential contest. As it is, it’s probably going to be just one of a number of topics where the outcome of the Biden-Trump battle will have stakes too high to exaggerate. … [Read more...] about Can Trump Make the Supreme Court a Campaign Issue Again?
Republicans may not have even realized until recently how deeply their ability to make political hay on Obamacare depended on not having power. They could posture against every inconvenient aspect of an industry nobody has ever liked, and promise all things to all people, with no responsibility to fulfill their grandiose promises. Now the dynamic has reversed. Loss aversion has inspired massive, energetic protests to speak up for a law Democrats could hardly be roused to defend before, while the energy has drained away from the opposition. Amazingly, polling for Obamacare, which has been unpopular since the outset, has sharply reversed. The last ten polls all show net positive approval for the Affordable Care Act. If Republicans somehow muster the partisan discipline to tear down Obamacare, as opposed to settling for minor changes, they will have to be willing to endure searing political pain. … [Read more...] about Trump’s Health-Care Nightmare Is Only Just Beginning