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Essence of Obamacare

Featured image Megan McArdle has three posts that illuminate the meaning of the developments in Obamacare over the past week. Read them in this order: (1) “Obamacare gets easier to implement all the time….,” (2) “Commenter: Employer mandate was never going to work,” and (3) “The employer mandate: A necessary impossibility.” These posts repay the time it takes to read them with a better understanding of events in motion. The third of »

The road to Obamacare

Featured image Yesterday the Obama administration announced that it is delaying the implementation of Obamacare’s employer responsibility provision. Now employers won’t have to worry about compliance with the provision until 2015, after the midterm elections. Announced without fanfare on the Treasury Department Web site, the story was designed to escape the attention of all but those with a legal need to know. Bloomberg News broke the story. Samuel Johnson famously observed that »

The Obamacare variations

Featured image On Sunday the New York Times ran an op-ed by Cornell University economist Robert Frank on the glories of Sweden’s health care system. The column is “What Sweden can tell us about Obamacare.” Having returned from a month in Sweden as a visiting scholar, Professor Frank had come to vouch for the Swedish system. He hadn’t been treated there or seen the system first-hand, but he had talked to a »

Applying for Obamacare

Featured image Last month Time’s Joe Klein decried the Obama administration’s “incompetence” implementing Obamacare. This month Klein expressed relief in an “Exclusive” report. In his “Exclusive” Klein praised the administration for streamlining the complex 21-page online Obamacare application to a mere three pages. Klein called it “a spiffy, new three-page application for individuals (find it here)” (footnote omitted). He added: “There will be a seven-page application for families (11 including the appendix), »

That Obamacare magic

Featured image In the 2012 election results I learned that just about everything I “know” is wrong. One thing I thought I knew was that the average American’s natural sense of religious tolerance would be grossly offended by the Obamacare contraception mandate. False! And that the average American would find the administration’s hypothetical solution — the magical provision of the contraceptive benefit at no expense to objecting religious institutions (narrowly defined) — »

Dealing with Obamacare

Featured image What to do about Obamacare? With Obama reelected and with implementation of the law (and regulations) scheduled to kick in next year, the nightmare is almost upon us. I haven’t seen much creative thinking about our options. What to do? In the new issue of the Weekly Standard, James Capretta and Jeffrey Anderson propose “Delay, repeal, replace.” Their proposal has a lot of moving parts. Realistic or not, the proposal »

Annals of Obamacare

Featured image We’ve been following the issues raised by the Obamacare regulation requiring employer-provided health insurance plans to provide “preventive services” including abortifacients, contraception, and sterilization. John McCormack notes that the mandate took effect last Wednesday, and triggered the filing of a lawsuit by Wheaton College. David Catron notes that one federal judge has enjoined enforcement of the “preventive services” mandate against Hercules Industries in a lawsuit pending in federal court in »

Obamacare upheld

Featured image According to SCOTUSblog, the entire Act is upheld, with the exception that the federal government’s power to terminate states’ Medicaid funds is narrowly read. As Tom Goldstein puts it, “Chief Justice Roberts joins the left of the Court.” »

Obamacare at two

Featured image Democrats observed the second anniversary of Obamacare in silence yesterday. Obamacare must really be a problem for them, because they’re yakking nonstop about everything else with a lower than usual ratio of veracity to baloney. Charles Krauthammer provides a reckoning in his weekly column, reminding us of a a few basic and important facts about Obamacare. Krauthammer concludes: “Rarely has one law so exemplified the worst of the Leviathan state »

Debating Obamacare

Featured image The Federalist Society — are you now or have you ever been a member? — held its 2011 National Lawyers Convention last week. One of the (many) highlights of the convention must have been the debate on the constitutionalilty of Obamacare between Harvard’s Carl M. Loeb University Professor Laurence Tribe and former United States Solicitor General Paul D. Clement of Bancroft PLLC. This is an excellent debate, must watching straight »

Tales of Obamacare

David Harsanyi publicizes the erroneous estimates involved in a component of Obamacare that has been implemented: You’ll…recall that the un-socialized system allowed 20, 30, 40 million (please feel free to come up with any number you’d like; The New York Times won’t care) people to go uninsured. Medicare’s chief actuary estimated that 400,000 would sign up for these high-risk pools before Obamacare kicked in. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that »

The stakes of Obamacare

The new issue of the Claremont Review of Books is in the mail and available online to subscribers (subscribe here). Our friends at the Claremont Institute have allowed me to select a few of my favorite pieces from the issue to introduce to our readers. The funny thing about President Obama, Charles Kesler notes in “The Stakes of Obamacare,” is how resolute he is despite poll numbers that ought to »

Myths of Obamacare

Romneycare affords us a glimpse into the not very distant future if Obamacare is not repealed. Employers are dumping their health care plans. The governor is essentially attempting to impose price controls on insurers. If the governor is successful, insurers would just throw in the towel. When that happens under Obamacare, we will take our nationalized medicine straight. Just about every talking point Obama used to peddle Obamacare is a »

The Illegitimacy of Obamacare

Many millions of Americans regard the Democrats’ takeover of health care not just as bad public policy, but as illegitimate government action. This is partly, but not entirely, due to the chicanery through which the legislation was adopted. The conventional wisdom is that voters don’t care about process, but Obamacare, as Byron York notes, is an exception to the rule: A new Gallup poll shows that a majority of Americans »

Is Obamacare Unconstitutional?

At PJTV, Glenn Reynolds and Randy Barnett discuss the constitutionality of Obamacare’s individual mandate. A number of states, among others, are poised to litigate that issue. Do they have a chance? My instinct is to be highly skeptical. Our courts have justified pretty much anything the federal government has undertaken involving any kind of commercial transaction under the interstate commerce clause. In order to lose that battle, Congress has just »

Palin On Obamacare

On her Facebook page, Sarah Palin has good comments on the current health care debate: As more Americans delve into the disturbing details of the nationalized health care plan that the current administration is rushing through Congress, our collective jaw is dropping, and we’re saying not just no, but hell no! The Democrats promise that a government health care system will reduce the cost of health care, but as the »

60 Minutes does Obamacare

Featured image 60 Minutes turned its attention to Obamacare in a story reported by Lesley Stahl and produced by Rich Bonin this past Sunday. The segment promoted Steven Brill’s new book on Obamacare. According to Stahl and Brill, Obamacare’s great failure is its lack of price controls. Assuming price controls to be a great good — one of those great goods without a downside — the segment allocated no blame to Obama. »

The spike, Obamacare edition

Featured image I hadn’t heard of Fox Business News anchor Melissa Francis before she devoted a segment to the Obamacare spike she experienced while working for CNBC during the Obamacare debates of 2009-2010. She reports that she was ordered by CNBC management to avoid criticism of the mystical math of Obamacare in deference to respect for the president. The video below excerpts her introductory personal account from the larger segment. Could Francis’s »

Another Round of Obamacare Cancellations

Featured image A year ago, a panicked Obama administration sent letters to the state insurance commissioners urging them to allow individual health care plans that were illegal under Obamacare to be extended for another year. We wrote about the ploy, which was intended to defuse the outrage that was then building against the “Affordable” Care Act, here and elsewhere. A year has come and gone, and the Washington Post reports that cancellation »

Stephanie Cutter: Gruber was an Obamacare architect

Featured image The question of whether Jonathan Gruber is an architect of Obamacare has, I think, been settled. But in case there’s any doubt, a memo by Stephanie Cutter, President Obama’s deputy campaign manager in 2012, should erase it. According to Patrick Hawley of the Daily Caller, the Cutter memo was prepared in advance of Obama’s first debate with Mitt Romney. In relevant part, it states: So, what’s the net impact of »