How #obamacare is messing up MANY Dem 2016 candidates’ lives.
I mean, obviously it’s going to mess up Joe Biden’s life: he’s the Vice President of the administration who turned the roll-out of the single most iconic representation of the progressive/liberal concept of big government into a prolonged rake-stepping session. And just as obviously it’s going to mess up Hillary Clinton’s life, too: she’s the woman who brought the rake in the first place. Remember: | Read More »
Killing the Individual Mandate
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Jim Capretta to discuss the individual mandate, strategies for killing it and how Ted Cruz and Mike Lee could take down Obamacare.
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The Bad Side To Voting For Santa Claus
So I take my smart-alecky little boy over to our town library. He likes anything in the Diary of The Wimpy Kid series. My boy checks a couple of them out. No sooner do we get in the car and he’s back there laughing at chapter one. This entry in the diary could be entitled Why Santa Claus is a Creep. It seems that the kid protagonist has just meditated upon Santa Claus and doesn’t much like the resulting Dark Enlightenment. It seems the guy sees him when he’s sleeping (no diving under the covers Commando), knows when he’s awake, knows if he’s been bad or good, so he’d better be good for goodness sake! To quote Cipher Reagan: “What a mind-job!”
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Why the government cannot social-media the young into signing up for #Obamacare.
This morning, while running errands with kids in tow, I did something that I try not to do (and usually regret doing): I listened to CSPAN radio when they were taking comments. Normally, this is a mistake of epic proportions: CSPAN callers typically are like Youtube commenters who have been hit with an Evolvo-Ray, only it’s a prototype and there’s still that pesky stress atavism | Read More »
Dear GOP: Don’t Get Cute With This
The President has decided to scrap the employer mandate in Obamacare. It is questionable if he actually can do this without Congress okaying it. But no one will challenge him. The scrapping is really a delaying until after the election. Republican strategists are already opining that we should fight to repeal the individual mandate too. What’s good for employers should be good for people after | Read More »
Individual Mandate A Tax Or A Penalty
For conservatives, the debate over whether the individual mandate in ObamaCare is called a tax or a penalty has become a litmus test for the Romney campaign’s conservative credentials. It should not. Eric Fehrnstrom, Spokesman for Mitt Romney, said on MSNBC earlier this week that Romney “believes that what we put in place in Massachusetts was a penalty, and he disagrees with the court’s ruling that | Read More »
Repeat after me: THE OBAMACARE ‘MANDATE’ WAS ACTUALLY A TAX.
And that affects profoundly the question of how to get rid of it. Mickey Kaus is correct, and Ryan Lizza & David Frum are wrong on this: the only reason that Obamacare was not cast down was because the US Supreme Court decided 5-4 that the so-called ‘individual mandate’ was constitutional if it was considered to be a tax. The US Supreme Court also decided, | Read More »
Obamacare, Mandates, Bar Tabs and Visigoth Holidays
To read Jay Cost lay into the individual mandate provision of Obamacare with a truncheon is to see the wrath of a forgotten, dissed and dismissed America in print. He inveighs in a Weekly Standard Piece entitled The Mandate Represents What’s Wrong With Democrats. There will be a mandatory 1/10 of a point deduction for leaving off the html rant tags, but he sure did | Read More »
Twenty Inconvenient Years for the Left’s Media Spin on Obamacare
The year was 1990. Then Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. of Delaware and Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina introduced S. 3266, the Crime Control Act of 1990. The law, introduced on October 27, 1990, sailed through Congress in one day. It passed the Senate by unanimous consent before 5 o’clock that evening. At 11:56 p.m. the House of Representatives approved it by 313-1. It | Read More »
Obama’s first lose-lose Obamacare-related argument today.
The first round of the US Supreme Court’s attempts to settle the problem that is Obamacare takes place today, and from the Obama administration’s purely partisan (and particularly puerile) perspective, there’s no winning scenario available. Essentially, what’s happening today is the courts are hearing arguments about whether or not Obamacare’s individual mandate qualifies as a tax. If it does qualify as a tax, then under | Read More »
What’s the Difference Between the Heritage Foundation & Newt Gingrich & Mitt Romney
UPDATED: Corrected to note that, like Heritage, Gingrich too no longer favors the individual mandate. —— The individual mandate is an idea from the Heritage Foundation. Unfortunately, the person who came up with the individual mandate never lost his job and Heritage as the brain child has given cover to both Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich for their support of it. But the individual mandate | Read More »
Mitt Romney’s Health Care Problem
The big news yesterday on the health care policy front is that the 11th Circuit case against the individual mandate is headed to the Supreme Court before the 2012 election, not after. This means a decision about the constitutionality of the individual mandate is likely to come in mid-2012, after the Republicans have chosen a nominee but well before the election ramp up. This is | Read More »
14 more states file anti-Obamacare amicus brief.
(I decided to crosspost this after all) This one will be for Seven-Sky v. Holder, which is scheduled for oral argument in September. The amicus brief will be on the individual mandate; more specifically, that the individual mandate is unconstitutional. I mostly draw this to people’s attention because of the following list: Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Maine*, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, | Read More »
Jon Huntsman’s Cap and Trade, Stimulus Support and Individual Mandate Past Catches Up to Him
Download Podcast | iTunes | Podcast Feed On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Pejman Yousefzadeh and Elizabeth Blackney to discuss Jon Huntsman’s past support of Cap and Trade, the stimulus plan, and an Obamacare like individual mandate for healthcare. We’re brought to you as always by BigGovernment and Stephen Clouse and Associates. If you’d like to email us, you | Read More »
Governors to White House: Support Expedited Ruling on Obamacare
Today, twenty-eight Republican governors sent a letter to the White House urging President Obama to support an expedited review of his namesake health care law by the Supreme Court. Here’s the PDF of the letter, which reads in part: “Given the daunting and costly financial and regulatory burdens that our states and the private sector will face in implementing PPACA over the coming years, particularly | Read More »