Obamacare

Dirty Harry doesn’t recall

Featured image Doing the job the mainstream media have declined to do — declined since a 2003 Los Angeles Times investigation, anyway — Matt Continetti takes a look at Dirty Harry Reid’s financial shenanigans. Alluding to Mario Puzo, and playing on the exposure of Reid’s latest shenanigans, Continetti titles his column “The grandfather.” We get the corruption. What about Reid’s easily refuted denial of accusing opponents of Obamacare retailing “lies” about the »

“Rights” of Obamacare

Featured image Abraham Lincoln’s argument with Stephen Douglas came down to a disagreement over the Declaration of Independence. Lincoln articulated this disagreement with special gusto in his critique of Douglas on July 10, 1858. According to Douglas, the teaching of the Declaration had no general applicability beyond the immediate situation that confronted the Founding Fathers. Restating and paraphrasing Douglas’s argument, Lincoln asked “in all soberness, if all these things, if indulged in, »

The selling of Obamacare

Featured image Reality has been outrunning satire for a while in the Age of Obama, but the folks at Saturday Night Live seem to think they can pull it off. As we approach the shifting deadline for Obamacare enrollment on Monday, Obama adviser “Mike” (he looks an awful lot like Obama flack Dan Pfeiffer) and social media expert “Mara” are featured talking Obama into taking promotional photographs that are guaranteed to go »

Support for Obamacare dips to 26 percent

Featured image A new survey by the Associated Press-GfK survey finds that only 26 percent of Americans support the so-called Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. In April 2010, shortly after the law passed, 39 percent supported it. The most significant change since that time has been in the number of Americans who neither support nor oppose the law. That percentage has shot from 10 percent to 30 percent since April »

Liberal fascism revisited

Featured image The hearing of the Hobby Lobby case by the Supreme Court this week inspired Kevin Williamson to meditate on the deeper currents running through it. Williamson’s NRO column is “The right not to be implicated” and I commend it to your attention. Williamson notes the dramatic revision of public orthodoxy that moves us “from forbidden to compulsory in record time, and vice versa.” He invites us to consider the case »

Lies of Obamacare

Featured image Obama and the Democrats enacted Obamacare on a foundation of lies — you can keep your health insurance, you can keep your doctor, Obamacare will save the average family $2500, and all the rest. Now the lies just keep coming. This week brought us the extension of Obamacare open enrollment beyond the legal deadline of March 31 by administrative fiat, despite the recent denial by Queen Seeb and others (video »

Obamacare’s hard enrollment deadline melts

Featured image The Washington Post is reporting that the Obama administration will give extra time to Americans who say they are unable to enroll in health-care plans through the federal insurance marketplace by the March 31 deadline. According to the Post, consumers who have begun to apply for coverage on HealthCare.gov, but who do not finish by Monday, will have until about mid-April to ask for an extension. To take advantage of »

D.C. Circuit panel seems to think Obamacare means what it says

Featured image The second big Obamacare case of the day, Halbig v. Sebelius, was argued before the D.C. Circuit. As Scott has explained, the issue there is the legality of a crucial IRS rule authorizing tax credits and subsidies for the purchase of health insurance on federally run health care exchanges. The Obamacare statute only authorizes tax credits and subsidies for the purchase of insurance in an exchange “established by a state” »

As usual, Justice Kennedy likely will determine the outcome in Hobby Lobby

Featured image Oral argument took place today in Hobby Lobby and a companion case. Lyle Denniston of Scotusblog provides a recap. You don’t really need to read Denniston’s post (though I recommend you do) to figure out where things stand. Four Justices seem ready to strike down the offending Obamacare rule; four seem ready to uphold it; and Justice Kennedy will decide the case. You will be equally unsurprised to learn that »

A dangerous technical argument against Hobby Lobby

Featured image It’s bad enough when a court decision deprives of us liberty or fails to remedy a deprivation wrought by the State. But it’s particularly galling when a court takes away liberty through a technicality. Unfortunately, that route often tempts a judiciary too sheepish to base indefensible outcomes on substantive grounds. In the Hobby Lobby case discussed by Scott earlier this morning, the substantive issue before the Supreme Court is the »

Celebrate this

Featured image Justin Sink and Elise Viebeck have an interesting report on the Democrats’ plan to defend Obamacare in the court of public opinion: “Dems plan to ramp up offense on Obamacare.” The report is accompanied by a photograph that seems to me to be of the worth-a-thousand-words variety. It depicts Nancy Pelosi contemplating a board touting the achievements of Obamacare on the fourth anniversary of its enactment. This woman used to »

Obamacare in court again

Featured image Obamacare is a comprehensive assault on the liberty and prosperity of the American people raising a panoply of constitutional and legal issues. Two of them get another round in court this week. The Hobby Lobby case addresses one element of the law’s assault on religious liberty. We’ve come to a pretty pass. Not even the Little Sisters of the Poor are safe. Who would have thought it possible? A free »

One Liberal Woman’s Experience With Obamacare

Featured image Nancy Wurtzel writes for the Huffington Post, on her own site www.datingdementia.com, and occasionally for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. It is safe to assume that she is a liberal; worse, she makes no bones about the fact that what attracted her to Obamacare was the prospect of a subsidy–making someone else pay her bills. So the heartbreak that she experienced trying to get that subsidy via MNSure, Minnesota’s Obamacare plan, »

Obamacare Premiums Will Skyrocket Next Year

Featured image Of course they will. We wrote last week: Insurance companies set premiums based on experience. When they lack experience, as with Obamacare, they make assumptions. One assumption that carriers used in setting 2014 premiums was that a bailout would be available if premiums turn out to be too low. The law establishes “risk corridors” for individual and small group insurance, under which the government will reimburse insurance companies’ losses, up »

Lies of Obamacare special edition

Featured image You may recall that while selling the federal takeover of health care President Obama repeatedly promised “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period.” It was one of the foundational lies of Obamacare, and Obama smugly repeated it on many occasions in a tone suggesting that those who denied it were beyond the pale. The video below collects several iterations of Obama’s lie. The lie appeared together »

Obamacare Drags the Democrats Down

Featured image There is a certain entertainment value in watching the Democrats try to wriggle out from under Obamacare. They have tried denial, delay and distraction, but they can’t change the reality that across America, millions of voters have lost their health insurance, been forced onto barely-workable exchanges, seen premiums increase and coverages narrow, and been deprived of their preferred doctors and hospitals. Obamacare is, to paraphrase Mencken, giving it to the »

Clearing my Obamacare spindle

Featured image I want to note with little comment recent reports in Obamacare news. In the post “Could Obamacare win lie of the year two years in a row?,” Stan Veuger considers Obama’s promise that Obamacare would save the average family $2500 in premiums. Veuger links to this video compilation of Obama making the promise over and over again. Now comes Paul Bedard to report that “Health insurance premiums up 39% to »