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From Chicago, Gastón Saint Martin INVITES Americans from Alaska to Malvinas/Falkland isles to attend this debate on this transcendent and historical event on the Hippocratic  medical attention. 
Now the United States of North America is going to recover the honor to have the best medical attention on this planet and its surroundings!

In a complex decision, the Supreme Court has ruled that the individual mandate component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is constitutional under Congress’staxing power.  What is left of the idea that the Constitution creates a government of limited powers? What does this case-of-the-century mean for both the Constitution and our health care system?  Two panels of experts will engage in an in-depth discussion of these issues, and more, in the immediate wake of the Supreme Court’s historic decision.Schedule:

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.  The Scope of Constitutional PowersRandy Barnett, Georgetown University Law Center
 Ilya Shapiro, Cato Institute
 David Rivkin, Baker HostetlerLLPModerated by Roger Pilon, Cato Institute
3:15 – 4:45 p.m.  The Future of Health Care Michael F. Cannon, Cato Institute
Avik Roy, Manhattan Institute
Grace-Marie Turner, Galen InstituteModerated by Michael Tanner, Cato Institute
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Obama Responds To Supreme Court Health Care Ruling (VIDEO)

Posted: 06/28/2012 12:32 pm Updated: 06/28/2012 3:29 pm

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama praised the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision that his signature health care law was constitutional Thursday, calling the ruling “a victory for people all over this country.”

“The highest court in the land has now spoken. We will continue to implement this law,” he said, speaking to cameras in the East Room of the White House. “With today’s announcement it is time for us to move forward, to implement and when necessary improve on this law.”

The ruling is a huge win and a big relief for the administration, which spent 18 months and heavy political capital pushing health care reform through Congress. The president has had other achievements on the domestic and foreign policy fronts, but it’s fair to say that the passage of the Affordable Care Act was at the top of his list of accomplishments. That the court upheld the law’s constitutionality was almost as momentous as the law’s passage in the first place.

The political fallout from the ruling seems clear. Congressional Republicans and the party’s presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney have pledged to replace the law with a new set of reforms. And in the immediate aftermath of the decision, they reaffirmed their pledge to wipe the law off the books following the 2012 elections.

The president, for his part, used his address to detail the policy prescriptions within the law — an implicit recognition that the administration has done a poor job selling it to date.

“It should be pretty clear that I didn’t do this because it’s good politics,” Obama said. “I did it because it’s good for the country.”

The president also addressed the court’s decision to uphold the most controversial component of the bill, the individual mandate, arguing that it was essential to making the rest of the reforms work. He acknowledged that he himself had once opposed the idea, only to come around. The president added that conservatives, including Romney, had supported the concept in the past.

“We ultimately included a provision in the Affordable Care Act that people who could afford to buy health insurance should take the opportunity to do so,” he said.

Below, more reactions to the Supreme Court decision from around the political world:

Political Reaction To Health Care Ruling

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Victory for the American people! Millions of American families and children will have certainty of health care benefits + affordable care.

A HUGE VICTORY FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA

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HEALTH LAW STANDS

Roberts Joins Majority in Affirming Mandate

Supreme Court Lets Health Law Largely Stand

Insurance Rule Is Deemed a Tax; Victory for Obama

By JOHN H. CUSHMAN Jr. 14 minutes ago

The Supreme Court on Thursday largely let stand President Obama’s health care overhaul, in a striking victory for the president and Congressional Democrats, with the chief justice, John G. Roberts Jr., affirming the central legislative pillar of Mr. Obama’s term.

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An odyssey that began during the presidency of Teddy Roosevelt and dominated much of President Barack Obama’s first term in the White House could conclude Thursday at the Supreme Court. With it could end the best hope to date for the nearly 50 million Americans without health insurance and the hundreds of millions more burdened by rising costs.

The Supreme Court is expected to issue a decision sometime after 10 a.m. Thursday in a lawsuit brought by 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Business that challenges the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law Obama signed on March 23, 2010. Chief Justice John Roberts and his fellow justices could side with the president and allow the law to take root as intended by Congress. But the Supreme Court may elect to overturn the entire law, or just components of it, and in the process destroy or at least derail the most ambitious effort ever taken to address the shortcomings of the American health care system.

Health care has become the “issue from hell” and politicians won’t tackle it again for many years if Obama’s law goes down, said Drew Altman, the president and CEO of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a health-care research institution in Menlo Park, Calif. “It’s hard to imagine this Congress under almost any scenario, Democrats and Republicans in this Congress, agreeing on substantial health reform legislation.”

Instead, the nation would be stuck with a status quo in which the ranks of the uninsured continue to swell, more workers lose their company health insurance, premiums rise, benefits shrink and more people skip medical treatments because of cost. Meanwhile, the nation’s health care bill, which was an estimated $2.7 trillion last year, will continue to devour an ever-larger share of the economy.

A ruling against the law would be a major blow to Obama, who achieved a goal that eluded presidents from Rooseveltto Richard Nixon to Bill Clinton, though the issue bedeviled him from the start and voters remain sharply divided over it. The Supreme Court’s decision will also shape public opinion about its role in American politics and redefine the limits of Congress’ power. And the fate of the health care reform law will also influence the presidential contest between Obama and Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee who has vowed to repeal the law if elected. Opponents view the law as an unaffordable expansion of the federal government’s role in the health care system that places burdensome regulations on health care companies, employers and citizens.

But the stakes are higher for the the tens of millions of Americans who lack access to health care. Fully overturning the Affordable Care Act would deny about 30 million uninsured Americans access to the health benefits that would have been provided under the health care reform starting in 2014. Invalidating health care reform also would eliminate consumer protections built into the law that would prohibit health insurance companies from refusing to cover people with pre-existing conditions, charging higher rates to women, kicking sick people off the rolls and setting lifetime limits on coverage of medical bills, among other practices permitted before the law took effect two years ago.

If this law goes away, so does the guarantee of access to health care for children like Wesley Josephson and Jackson Whaley who have pre-existing conditions and big medical expenses. Adults with serious illnesses like Sarah Lewis and Martha Olson would continue to face significant obstacles to finding health insurance. Older Americans like Wister Adrine and Patricia Morrison would lose extra help with their prescription drug costs.

Striking down the law would upend initiatives that aim to slow skyrocketing growth in health care costs. In addition to reducing Medicare spending by $455 billion through 2019, the health care reform law includes a plethora of programs designed to encourage medical providers to cut down on waste, improve safety and employ techniques known to be more effective. Health care reform also would levy a tax on the most expensive health insurance plans beginning in 2018 that is intended to encourage people to choose less costly plans. In addition, the law would establish an independent board tasked with constraining Medicare spending.

But the Supreme Court may not go that far and instead opt to invalidate only parts of the law. At the heart of the constitutional challenge is the health care law’s so-called individual mandate, a requirement that almost all Americans obtain some form of health care coverage or face a financial penalty. The plaintiffs contend this mandate represents an overreach by the federal government into the personal and economic decisions of American consumers. The Obama administration insists it is within its rights to regulate how Americans pay for the health care services they inevitably will consume during their lives.

The Supreme Court could rule that the mandate is unconstitutional and strike it down while leaving the remainder of the law in place. But the Obama administration views the mandate as an essential counterpart to the regulations that require health insurance companies to sell plans to anyone regardless of health, age or gender and that limit those companies’ ability to charge some people more than others. Cutting out the mandate alone will reduce the number of newly covered Americans and make health insurance more expensive, the administration argues, because only sick people would be motivated to purchase insurance. If the mandate goes, according to the administration, so too must those regulations.

But if the Supreme Court goes this way — striking down the mandate and the regulations — then health insurance companies could carry on discriminating against the sick and the old and making women pay higher premiums than men, and the number of people who would gain health insurance coverage would be millions fewer.

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  • 1912

Former President Theodore Roosevelt champions national health insurance as he unsuccessfully tries to ride his progressive Bull Moose Party back to the White House. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

  • 1935

President Franklin D. Roosevelt favors creating national health insurance amid the Great Depression but decides to push for Social Security first. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

  • 1942

Roosevelt establishes wage and price controls during World War II. Businesses can’t attract workers with higher pay so they compete through added benefits, including health insurance, which grows into a workplace perk. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

  • 1945

President Harry Truman calls on Congress to create a national insurance program for those who pay voluntary fees. The American Medical Association denounces the idea as “socialized medicine” and it goes nowhere. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

  • 1960

John F. Kennedy makes health care a major campaign issue but as president can’t get a plan for the elderly through Congress. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

  • 1965

President Lyndon B. Johnson’s legendary arm-twisting and a Congress dominated by his fellow Democrats lead to creation of two landmark government health programs: Medicare for the elderly and Medicaid for the poor. (AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 1974

President Richard Nixon wants to require employers to cover their workers and create federal subsidies to help everyone else buy private insurance. The Watergate scandal intervenes. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

  • 1976

President Jimmy Carter pushes a mandatory national health plan, but economic recession helps push it aside. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

  • 1986

President Ronald Reagan signs COBRA, a requirement that employers let former workers stay on the company health plan for 18 months after leaving a job, with workers bearing the cost. (MIKE SARGENT/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 1988

Congress expands Medicare by adding a prescription drug benefit and catastrophic care coverage. It doesn’t last long. Barraged by protests from older Americans upset about paying a tax to finance the additional coverage, Congress repeals the law the next year. (TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 1993

President Bill Clinton puts first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in charge of developing what becomes a 1,300-page plan for universal coverage. It requires businesses to cover their workers and mandates that everyone have health insurance. The plan meets Republican opposition, divides Democrats and comes under a firestorm of lobbying from businesses and the health care industry. It dies in the Senate. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 1997

Clinton signs bipartisan legislation creating a state-federal program to provide coverage for millions of children in families of modest means whose incomes are too high to qualify for Medicaid. (JAMAL A. WILSON/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 2003

President George W. Bush persuades Congress to add prescription drug coverage to Medicare in a major expansion of the program for older people. (STEPHEN JAFFE/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 2008

Hillary Rodham Clinton promotes a sweeping health care plan in her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. She loses to Obama, who has a less comprehensive plan. (PAUL RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • 2009

President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress spend an intense year ironing out legislation to require most companies to cover their workers; mandate that everyone have coverage or pay a fine; require insurance companies to accept all comers, regardless of any pre-existing conditions; and assist people who can’t afford insurance. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

  • 2010

With no Republican support, Congress passes the measure, designed to extend health care coverage to more than 30 million uninsured people. Republican opponents scorned the law as “Obamacare.” (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

  • 2012

On a campaign tour in the Midwest, Obama himself embraces the term “Obamacare” and says the law shows “I do care.” (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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Health Care Ruling To Be Issued By Supreme Court (LATEST UPDATES)  (06/28/2012)

By MARK SHERMAN, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS  WASHINGTON –

They’ve known the outcome for three months. Now it’s time for the nine Supreme Court justices to share it with the world.

Barring some incredibly strange twist, shortly after 10 o’clock in the morning, Chief Justice John Roberts is expected to reveal the high court’s verdict on President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

The court is not just passing judgment on a major expansion of the social safety net, designed to cover an additional 30 million Americans with health insurance. It is doing so on Obama’s signature domestic legislative achievement and in the heat of a fierce presidential campaign.

Some people already were in line Wednesday afternoon hoping to be among the few hundred witnesses to a historic moment that will not be broadcast live on television or radio.

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8:32 AM – Today

Dionne: Scalia Must Resign

In a Wednesday op-ed for the Washington Post, E.J. Dionne Jr. claimed Justice Scalia must resign:

Justice Antonin Scalia needs to resign from the Supreme Court.

He’d have a lot of things to do. He’s a fine public speaker and teacher. He’d be a heck of a columnist and blogger. But he really seems to aspire to being a politician — and that’s the problem.

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8:30 AM – Today

The Insiders

According to SCOTUSblog, approximately 70 people already know what the court has decided on health care reform.

The fact that no one has leaked the decision in advance has amazed many political observers, who are used to officials in the administration, on campaigns and in Congress dribbling out bits of information to the press that they’re supposed to keep secret.

The Washington Post recently reported on some of the people who are in-the-know on today’s verdict:

The justices, of course, know, having officially voted on the results the same week they heard arguments. But they are not the only ones in the loop: Each of the nine justices has four clerks who know not only how their justice voted but also how the other justices stand because these clerks help research and craft the majority opinions and dissents that are circulated for justices to sign if they agree.

In addition these 45 people surely in the know, there are an assorted number of secretaries, aides, security guards, janitors, support staff and family members keenly attuned to the inner workings of the Supreme Court’s upper floors where the justices keep their chambers.

“[P]eople who follow the Court don’t find it at all unusual that the Court hasn’t leaked word of the results,” said Amy Howe of SCOTUSblog. “It’s just a very different institution.”

— Amanda Terkel

8:29 AM – Today

Reminder: Insurance For 67K Obamacare Beneficiaries On The Line

HuffPost’s Arthur Delaney reported on Wednesday:

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) vowed Wednesday that Republicans would repeal whatever parts of health care reform remain standing following Thursday’s highly anticipated Supreme Court ruling — even if doing so would jeopardize insurance coverage for thousands of people.

“We’ve made it pretty clear and I’ll make it clear one more time: If the court does not strike down the entire law, the House will move to repeal what’s left of it,” Boehner said.

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8:27 AM – Today

Kind Of Awkward Time For Obama

@ vplus : Don’t forget it’s been kind of awkward between Obama and Roberts from the get-go. http://t.co/GMDnXfHn

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8:26 AM – Today

Celebratory Atmosphere Present Outside Supreme Court

@ zachdcarter : Very celebratory atmosphere among obamacare supporters right now. http://t.co/kgXSHVAm

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8:25 AM – Today

A Little Health Care Irony

@ BenjySarlin : Irony that guy who passed first state mandate, backed fed mandate as late as 09 is now top anti-mandate cheerleader…incalculable

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8:24 AM – Today

The Masses Have Gathered

@ NPRnie : The masses have gathered. #SCOTUS http://t.co/l4SWQVkl

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8:23 AM – Today

Final Opinions Coming At 10 A.M.

@ markknoller : Supreme Court hands down its final opinions for the session at 10AM – no live cameras or mikes in the courtroom – for no good reason.

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8:23 AM – Today

Deval Patrick: Striking Down Health Care Law Would Be A ‘Tragedy’

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, one of President Barack Obama’s earliest supporters, weighed in on the Supreme Court Thursday on local radio:

“It is unlikely that if they go in what I view as the wrong direction, and strike down all or some of the bill, that it will affect what we’re doing here in Massachusetts, because that’s based on state law,” he said to WTKK-FM Thursday. “But it would be a tragedy, because we’re a country, and the issue of the cost and access to health care is a national issue.”

— Luke Johnson

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8:22 AM – Today

Ruling Anxiously Awaited By Civil Rights Groups

HuffPost’s Gene Demby reports:

Valerie Jarrett, the White House senior adviser and a member of the Obamas’ inner circle, sat down with a group of African-American journalists inNew Orleanslast Saturday to discuss the White House’s policy agenda. The question that came up over and over was about what the White House planned to do if the Supreme Court repealed all or part of the president’s health care law.

Barrett said that the White House was preparing for different outcomes, but was coy when pressed for specifics.

“You know what, right now … we have a robust legislative agenda,” she said. “When the Supreme Court rules, we’ll have plenty of time to talk about what happens afterward.

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8:19 AM – Today

No Matter What…

@ samsteinhp : no matter what happens, Republicans have fully assured voters they won’t ever pass a bill over 2,000 pages

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8:18 AM – Today

Senator Speaks Out On Reaction

@ aterkel : “I am going to respect the way the judges rule, no matter how they rule” — Sen. Barrasso on Fox

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8:18 AM – Today

SCOTUS Blog Having Big Day

@ JakeSherman : scotus blog says it has 100k reader right now

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8:16 AM – Today

Follow HuffPost For SCOTUS News

@ MikeSacksHP : As soon as the #aca decision comes down, my story will go up. Then watch @zachdcarter cover the response live from the #SCOTUS steps.

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8:13 AM – Today

Protestors Waiting

@ kate_sheppard : Everybody’s waiting http://t.co/8cwfOjtP

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8:11 AM – Today

Obama To Speak Shortly After Ruling Is Announced

@ vplus : CNN: President Obama will be speaking in reaction to the Supreme Court’s ruling shortly after an opinion comes down

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8:09 AM – Today

Crowd Chanting: ‘Hands Off’

@ kate_sheppard : I’m over at SCOTUS to cover what’s happening outside. Large and growing crowd. Loudest chant right now is “Hands off my Obamacare.”

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8:09 AM – Today

Bachmann Ready For Decision

@ MicheleBachmann : I am going to be present in the courtroom when #SCOTUS announces their ruling on #Obamacare #tcot http://t.co/2aO7YhF3

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8:08 AM – Today

Only At SCOTUS

@ JaredRizzi : Only in DC at the SCOTUS: “three minute warning for the press conference and prayer circle”

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8:06 AM – Today

Greta Van Susteren’s Advice To Pols

Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren nails the obvious — today’s a really good day for politicians to air bad news:

If you are cheating on a spouse, enjoying a too cozy relationship with someone, have a tax problem, double dipping in your campaign fund or anything else that is politically explosive and soon to get out and torpedo your career … go public with it tomorrow at exactly 10 am.

— Luke Johnson

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8:05 AM – Today

In Other News…

@ markknoller : The WH is braced for another hit when the House votes this afternoon to cite Attorney General Holder for contempt of Congress.

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8:05 AM – Today

SCOTUSblog Spending $25,000 To Handle Extra Traffic

Over at SCOTUSblog, the go-to site for all things Supreme Court, the live blog began at 8:45 a.m.. It details how the team plans to keep everyone informed as soon as the decision comes down and ensure that the site doesn’t crash from the traffic overload:

8:49 Tom: I’ll give you a sense of our preparations. The liveblog ordinarily has 2 people: our reporter, Lyle; and our editor, Amy. Today, we have a team of 7 people: Lyle, four lawyer-bloggers (including Amy), and two staff. Then there are two different technical teams.

8:49 Tom: We ordinary run on one Internet server. Today, we are running on 6 that are geographically dispersed, and which are provided by two different companies for redundancy.

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8:50 Tom: We hired developers to rewrite very significant parts of the code underlying the blog, then had a second team do it again.

8:51 Tom: The effort to get the decision out, and get it right, will cost us roughly $25,000 for the 20 minutes between 10:15 and 10:35am, and mostly for the first 30 seconds or so

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— Jon Ward

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8:02 AM – Today

Romney On Potential Outcome

@ markknoller : Romney also says if Court strikes down “ObamaCare,” “I won’t have to repeal it, but I’ll still have to replace it.”

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7:54 AM – Today

Protesters Gather Outside Supreme Court

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7:52 AM – Today

When Will We See Romney?

@ mpoindc : Romney camp: “Gov. Romney does not have any interviews today.” We’ll see him today, though.

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7:49 AM – Today

What Ted Kennedy Thought

@ jasoncherkis : Ted Kennedy once said healthcare is a human right.

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7:48 AM – Today

Supreme.. Belly Dancers?

@ KellyO : Belly dancers at Supreme Court. Have I now seen it all?

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7:47 AM – Today

TV Crews Camped Out From 3 A.M. For SCOTUS Coverage

@ jonward11 : Tv crews hopping outside the court at 6 am. Some got here at 3 am. Those who did at 4:30 am don’t have a spot http://t.co/vMD44wxD

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7:47 AM – Today

Tea Partiers Ready By 6 A.M.

@ jonward11 : Tea Party guy dressed in colonial garb w Gadsen Flag is also at the court by 6 am http://t.co/HqhAW1YE

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7:45 AM – Today

Follow HuffPost Reporter Mike Sacks For Updates

@ MikeSacksHP : #SCOTUS http://t.co/rBUACYJO

HuffPost’s Supreme Court reporter Mike Sacks will be tweeting today’s news. Follow him @MikeSacksHP.

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7:40 AM – Today

Republican Makes Health Care Prediction

Politico’s MJ Lee reports:

Sen. Mike Lee predicted that the Supreme Court will strike down the individual mandate in President Barack Obama’s health care law.

“This is something that for most Americans, offends their basic sense of freedom and this is not something they want,” the Utah Republican said Thursday morning on CNN’s “Starting Point.” “I think the justices also understand this doesn’t fall comfortably within any of Congress’s enumerated powers.”

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7:38 AM – Today

Today’s A Day ‘To Have Barack Obama’s Back’

@ markknoller : “Today is an important day to have Barack Obama’s back,” saysMessina in appeal for campaign contributions in advance of SCOTUS ruling.

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7:36 AM – Today

Oops! Chicago Sun-Times Jumps The Gun

Jim Romenesko reports that the Chicago Sun-Times accidentally posted their prep copy for the Supreme Court’s health care ruling.

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Healthcare InAmericaIs Already ‘The Best In The World’

One of the more positive sounding admonitions from health care reform opponents was that the United States had “the best health care in the world,” so why would you mess with it? Well, it’s true that if you want the experience the pinnacle of medical care, you come to theUnited States. And if you want the pinnacle of haute cuisine, you go to Per Se. If you want the pinnacle of commercial air travel, you get a first class seat on British Airways. Now, naturally, you wouldn’t let just anyone mess with someone’s tasting menu or state-of-the-art air-beds. But like anything that’s “the best,” the best health care in the world isn’t for everybody. The costs are prohibitively high, the access is prohibitively exclusive, and the resources are prohibitively scarce. What do the people inAmericawho “fly coach” in the health care system get? Well, at the time of the health care reform debate, they were participating in a system that was, by all objective measurements, <a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/24/us-health-care-expensive_n_624248.html”>overpriced and underperforming</a> — if you were lucky enough to be participating in it. As anyone who’s fortunate enough to have employer based health care or unfortunate enough to have a pre-existing condition can tell you, health care for ordinary people already involved all of those things that we were told would be a feature of the Affordable Care Act — long waits, limited choice, and rationing. When the <a href=”http://www.commonwealthfund.org/Content/Publications/Fund-Reports/2010/Jun/Mirror-Mirror-Update.aspx”>Commonwealth Fund rated health care systems by nation</a>, the top marks in the surveyed categories went to theUnited Kingdom,New Zealandand theNetherlands. Ezra Klein examined the study, and <a href=”http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/06/us_health-care_system_still_ba.html”>observed</a&gt;: “The issue isn’t just that we don’t have universal health care. Our delivery system underperforms, too. ‘Even when access and equity measures are not considered, theU.S.ranks behind most of the other countries on most measures. With the inclusion of primary care physician survey data in the analysis, it is apparent that theU.S.is lagging in adoption of national policies that promote primary care, quality improvement, and information technology.'”

Death Panels

The only thing that perhaps matched the vastness of the spread or the depth of the traction of the “death panel” lie was the predictability that such a lie would come to be told in the first place. After all, this was a Democratic president trying to sell a new health care reform plan with the intention of opening access and reducing cost to millions of Americans who had gone without for so long. What’s the best way to counter it? Tell everyone that millions of Americans would have increased access … <i>to Death!</i> The best account of how the “death panel” myth was born into this world and spread like garbage across the landscape has been penned by Brendan Nyhan, who in 2010 wrote “Why the “Death Panel” Myth Wouldn’t Die: Misinformation in the Health Care Reform Debate.” <a href=”http://www.dartmouth.edu/~nyhan/health-care-misinformation.pdf”>You should go read the whole thing</a>. But to summarize, the lie began where many lies about health care reform begin — with serial liar Betsy McCaughey, who in 1994 <a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/07/andrew-sullivans-mccaughe_n_313157.html”>polluted the pages of theNewRepublic</a> with a staggering pile of deception in an effort to scuttle President Bill Clinton’s health care reform. As Nyhan documents, she re-emerged in 2009 when “she invented the false claim that the health care legislation in Congress would result in seniors being directed to ‘end their life sooner.'” Nyhan: “McCaughey’s statement was a reference to a provision in the Democratic health care bill that would have provided funding for an advanced care planning for Medicare recipients once every five years or more frequently if they become seriously ill. As independent fact-checkers showed (PolitiFact.com 2009b; FactCheck.org 2009a), her statement that these consultations would be mandatory was simply false–they would be entirely voluntary. Similarly, there is no evidence that Medicare patients would be pressured during these consultations to “do what’s in society’s best interest…and cut your life short.” But the match that lit the death panel flame was not McCaughey, it was Sarah Palin, who repeated McCaughey’s claims in a Facebook posting and invented the term “death panel.” As Nyhan reports, Palin’s claims were met with condemnation from independent observers and factcheckers, but the virality of the term “death panel” far outstripped its own debunking. To this day, the shorthand for this outrageous falsehood remains more firmly planted in the discourse than the truth. One thing worth pointing out is that Palin, in creating the term “death panel,” <i>intended</i> to deceive people with it. In an interview with the <em>National Review</em>, <a href=”http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/228636/rogue-record/rich-lowry”>Palin admitted</a>: “The term I used to describe the panel making these decisions should not be taken literally.” Rather, it was “a lot like when President Reagan used to refer to theSoviet Unionas the ‘evil empire.’ He got his point across.” Of course, while Reagan was exaggerating for effect, he wasn’t trying to prey on the goodwill of those who were listening to him.

The Affordable Care Act Is A “Jobs-Killer”

Naturally, the GOP greeted anything that the Obama White House did — from regulating pollution to flossing after meals — as something that would “kill jobs.” The Affordable Care Act was no different. As you might recall, Republicans’ first attempt at repeal came in the form of an inartfully named law called the “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act.” But did the health reform plan threaten jobs? Not by any honest measure. <a href=”http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/01/17/106950/is-health-care-law-really-a-job.html”>Per McClatchy Newspapers</a>: <blockquote>”The claim has no justification,” said Micah Weinberg, a senior research fellow at the centrist New America Foundation’s Health Policy Program. Since the law contains dual mandates that most individuals must obtain health insurance coverage and most employers must offer it by 2014, “the effect on employment is probably zero or close to it,” said Amitabh Chandra, a professor of public policy at Harvard University.</blockquote> As McClatchy reported, the “job-killing” claim creatively used the “lie of omission” — relying on “out of date” data or omitting “offsetting information that would weaken the argument.” The Congressional Budget Office, playing it straight, deemed it essentially too premature to measure what the effect the bill would have on the labor market. At the time, Speaker John Boehner dismissed the CBO, saying, “CBO is entitled to their opinion.” Perhaps, but lately, job growth in the health care industry has <a href=”https://www.advisory.com/Daily-Briefing/2012/03/07/Jobs-report-preview&#8221; target=”_hplink”>bucked the economic downturn and health care has remained a robust sector of employment</a>. And it stands to reason that enrolling another 30 million Americans into health insurance will increase the demand for health care services and products, which in turn should trigger the creation of more jobs. Is there a downside? Sure. More demand, and greater labor costs, could push health care prices upward even as other effects of health reform push them down. But it’s more likely that repealing the bill will have a negative impact on jobs than retaining it.

The Affordable Care Act Would Add To The Deficit

The only thing more important than painting the Affordable Care Act as a certain killer of jobs was to paint it as a certain murderer ofAmerica’s fiscal future. Surely this big government program was going to push indebtedness to such a height that our servitude to our future Chinese overlords was a <i>fait accompli</i>. <a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/18/cbo-score-on-health-care_n_502543.html”>As Ryan Grim reported in May of 2010</a>, the CBO disagreed: <blockquote>Comprehensive health care reform will cost the federal government $940 billion over a ten-year period, but will increase revenue and cut other costs by a greater amount, leading to a reduction of $138 billion in the federal deficit over the same period, according to an analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, a Democratic source tells HuffPost. It will cut the deficit by $1.2 trillion over the second ten year period. The source said it also extends Medicare’s solvency by at least nine years and reduces the rate of its growth by 1.4 percent, while closing the doughnut hole for seniors, meaning there will no longer be a gap in coverage of medication.</blockquote> Recently, the CBO updated its ten-year estimate by dropping off the first two years of the law (where there was little to no implementation) and adding two years at the back end (during which time there would be full implementation). As you might imagine, replacing two years of low numbers with two years of higher numbers increased the ten-year estimate. But opponents of the bill immediately freaked out and declared the costs to have skyrocketed. <a href=”http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/03/obamacare-haters-angered-by-facts.html”>As Jonathan Chait reported</a>: <blockquote>The outcry was so widespread that the CBO took the unusual step of releasing a second update to explain to outraged conservatives that they were completely misreading the whole thing: “Some of the commentary on those reports has suggested that CBO and JCT have changed their estimates of the effects of the ACA to a significant degree. That’s not our perspective. … Although the latest projections extend the original ones by three years (corresponding to the shift in the regular ten-year projection period since the ACA was first being developed), the projections for each given year have changed little, on net, since March 2010.” That is CBO-speak for: “Go home. You people are all crazy.”</blockquote> As Chait goes on to note, the CBO now projects that “the law would reduce the deficit by slightly more than it had originally forecast.”

The Affordable Care Act $500 Billion Cut From Medicare

Normally, if you tell Republicans that you’re going to cut $500 billion from Medicare, they will respond by saying, “Hooray, but could we make it <i>$700 billion</i>?” But the moment they got it into their heads that the Affordable Care Act would make that cut from Medicare, suddenly everyone from the party of ending Medicare As We Know It, Forever got all hot with concern about what would happen to these longstanding recipients of government health care. In fairness, <a href=”http://www.factcheck.org/2010/03/a-final-weekend-of-whoppers/”>as Factcheck pointed out</a>, the GOP opponents of Obama’s plan were simply picking up a cudgel that had recently been wielded by the president himself: <blockquote>Whether these are “cuts” or much-needed “savings” depends on the political expedience of the moment, it seems. When Republican Sen. John McCain, then a presidential candidate, proposed similar reductions to pay for his health care plan, it was the Obama camp that attacked the Republican for cutting benefits.</blockquote> <a href=”http://www.factcheck.org/2010/03/a-final-weekend-of-whoppers/”>Nevertheless</a&gt;! <blockquote>Whatever you want to call them, it’s a $500 billion reduction in the growth of future spending over 10 years, not a slashing of the current Medicare budget or benefits. It’s true that those who get their coverage through Medicare Advantage’s private plans (about 22 percent of Medicare enrollees) would see fewer add-on benefits; the bill aims to reduce the heftier payments made by the government to Medicare Advantage plans, compared with regular fee-for-service Medicare.</blockquote> The <i>New England Journal of Medicine</i> <a href=”http://www.nejm.org/doi/pdf/10.1056/NEJMp1005588″>concurred</a&gt;: <blockquote>A phased elimination of the substantial overpayments to Medicare Advantage plans, which now enroll nearly 25% of Medicare beneficiaries, will produce an estimated $132 billion in savings over 10 years. […] The ACA also produces nearly $200 billion in savings by assuming that providers can improve their productivity as firms in other industries have done. On the basis of this presumed improvement, the law reduces Medicare’s annual “market basket” updates for most types of providers – a provision that has generated controversy.</blockquote> The law doesn’t cut any customer benefits, just the amount that providers get paid. Hospitals and drug companies agreed to these cuts based on the calculation that more people with insurance meant more people consuming what they sell and, more importantly for the hospitals, fewer people getting treated and simply not paying for it.

The Affordable Care Act Provides Free Health Care For Undocumented Immigrants

This lie was launched to prominence with the help of a false accuser, South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson, who famously heckled President Barack Obama during an address to a Joint Session of Congress by yelling “You lie!” after the president had mentioned that undocumented immigrants would not be eligible for the credits for the bill’s proposed health care exchanges. As Time’s Michael Scherer pointed out, this was not much of a challenge for factcheckers: <blockquote>In the Senate Finance Committee’s working framework for a health plan, which Obama’s speech seemed most to mimic, there is the line, “No illegal immigrants will benefit from the health care tax credits.” Similarly, the major health-care-reform bill to pass out of committee in the House, H.R. 3200, contains Section 246, which is called “NO FEDERAL PAYMENT FOR UNDOCUMENTED ALIENS.”</blockquote> In fact, <a href=”http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/04/why_immigrants_get_short_shrif.html”>as Ezra Klein pointed out</a>, the Affordable Care Act “goes out of its way to exclude” undocumented immigrants: <blockquote>As the AP points out…there are about 7 million unauthorized immigrants who will be prohibited from buying insurance on the newly created exchanges, even if they pay out of their own pocket. And the exclusion of this group from health reform — along with other restrictions that affect fully legal immigrants as well — could create a massive coverage gap that puts a strain on the rest of the health system as well.</blockquote> Klein goes on to add that “immigrants-rights advocates tried to prevent this scenario from happening,” but they ended up losing to the politics of the day. The concession they won was a promise from the president that he would shepherd a comprehensive immigration reform package through the legislature. They lost that round, too.

Republicans, And Their Ideas, Were Left Out Of The Bill And The Process

Were health care policies dear to Republicans left out of the health care reform bill? Totally! <a href=”http://thinkprogress.org/health/2009/10/29/171026/top-10-reasons-why-republicans-should-support-the-house-health-bill/”>Unless we’re counting the following</a>: –Deficit-neutral bill –Longterm cost reduction –Interstate competition that allows consumers to purchase insurance across state lines –Medical malpractice reform –High-risk pools –An extension of the time young people were allowed to remain on their parents’ policies –No public money for abortion –Small business exemptions/tax credits –Job wellness programs –Delivery system reform In fact, the Democrats were eager to get GOP input and enthusiastic about including many of their desired components in the bill. Oh, and did we mention that the Affordable Care Act was modeled on a reform designed and implemented by a former Republican governor and presidential candidate, whose innovation was widely celebrated by the GOP while said former governor was running for president? And did we mention that the individual mandate that was used in Romneycare to ensure “no free riders” was originally dreamed up by the Heritage Foundation? And did we add that additional DNA of the Affordable Care Act was borrowed from the Senate GOP alternative to theClintonplan in the 1990s and the <a href=”http://www.bipartisanpolicy.org/news/press-releases/2009/08/bipartisan-policy-center-releases-report-improving-health-care-quality-a&#8221; target=”_hplink”>2009 Bipartisan Policy Committee plan</a>, which was endorsed by Tom Daschle, Howard Baker, and Bob Dole? As for the process, you might recall that the White House very patiently waited for the bipartisan Gang Of Six to weigh in with its own solution, and openly courted one Republican gang member, Sen. Chuck Grassley, long after it was clear to every reporter inside the Beltway that Grassley was intentionally acting in bad faith. And perhaps you don’t recall the bipartisan health care summit that was held in March of 2009? if so, don’t feel bad about it — RNC Chairman Michael Steele couldn’t remember it either, <a href=”http://politicalcorrection.org/blog/201002250005″>when he yelled at the president for not having one</a>.

The Demonization Of ‘Deem And Pass’

So, here’s a fun little story about obscure parliamentary procedures. In May of 2010, as the health care reform michegas was steaming toward its endgame, it looked like the measure might fall. The Senate had passed a bill, but the House was stuck in a bit of a jam. It had no other choice but to take a vote on the Senate’s bill, because if the House bill ended up in a conference committee to be reconciled with the Senate’s, the whole resulting she-bang was assured of a filibuster, as the Democrats had, in the intervening period, lost their Senate supermajority. But the House had a problem. <a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/16/health-care-opponents-dem_n_501353.html”>As I wrote at the time</a>: <blockquote>House members are averse to doing anything that looks like they approve of the various side-deals that were made in the Senate — like the so-called “Cornhusker Kickback.” The House intends to remove those unpopular features in budget reconciliation, but if they pursue budget reconciliation on a standard legislative timeline — where they pass the Senate bill outright first and then go back to pass a reconciliation package of fixes — they’d still appear to be endorsing the sketchy side deals, and then the GOP would jump up and down on their heads. Enter “deem and pass.” Under this process, the House will simply skip to approving the reconciliation fixes, and “deem” the Senate bill to be passed. By doing it this way, the Democrats get the Senate bill passed while simultaneously coming out against the unpopular features of the same.</blockquote> “Deem and pass” is the aforementioned obscure parliamentary procedure. And here’s the thing about obscure parliamentary procedures — everyone <i>loves</i> them when their side is doing them, but when they’re being <i>done to you</i>, then they are basically evil schemes from the blasted plains of Hell. So if you’re guessing that the Republicans declared the Democrats’ use of “deem and pass” — which also carried the moniker “the Slaughter Rule,” after Rep. Louise Slaughter, who proposed its use in this instance — to be a monstrous and unprecedented abuse of power, then give yourself a prize! And give yourself a bonus if you guessed that in reality, the GOP had used “deem and pass” <i>lots of times</i>. <a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/16/house-has-long-history-of_n_500623.html”>As Ryan Grim reported</a>, “deeming resolutions” had been in use dating back to 1933, and in 2005 and 2006, Republicans employed them 36 times. Other Republicans complained that Slaughter was supporting a tactic that she once vigorously opposed. <a href=”http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/03/the_arms_race_of_rules.html”>That’s true</a>! She fought the “deem and pass” during the Bush administration and lost. Which is precisely when she learned how effective it could be!

The Affordable Care Act Would Create A Mad Army of IRS Agents

Lots of people wouldn’t mind having better access to more affordable health care. But what if it came with thousands of IRS agents, picking through your stool sample? That sounds pretty bad. It also sounds pretty implausible! But that was no impediment to multiple health care reform opponents making claims that the tax man was COMMINAGETCHA! In this case, the individual mandate — which requires people to purchase insurance or incur a tax penalty — provided the fertile soil for this deception to spread. A March 2010 floor speech from a panicked Sen. John Ensign was typical of the genre: <blockquote>My amendment goes to the heart of one of the problems with this bill. There is an individual mandate that puts fines on people that can also attach civil penalties. And 16,500 new IRS agents are going to be required to be hired because of the health care reform bill.</blockquote> March of 2010 was a pretty great time for this particular lie. In one five day period, Ensign was joined by Reps. Paul Ryan (“There is an individual mandate. It mandates individuals purchase government-approved health insurance or face a fine to be collected by the IRS which will need $10 billion additional and 16,500 new IRS agents to police and enforce this mandate.”), Pete Sessions (“16,000 new IRS agents will be hired simply to make sure that this health care bill is enforced.”) and Cliff Stearns (“There is $10 billion to hire about 16,000 new IRS agents to enforce the individual mandate on every American”). All wrong! <a href=”http://factcheck.org/2010/03/irs-expansion/”>Per Factcheck</a>: <blockquote>This wildly inaccurate claim started as an inflated, partisan assertion that 16,500 new IRS employees might be required to administer the new law. That devolved quickly into a claim, made by some Republican lawmakers, that 16,500 IRS “agents” would be required. Republican Rep. Ron Paul ofTexaseven claimed in a televised interview that all 16,500 would be carrying guns. None of those claims is true. The IRS’ main job under the new law isn’t to enforce penalties. Its first task is to inform many small-business owners of a new tax credit that the new law grants them — starting this year — which will pay up to 35 percent of the employer’s contribution toward their workers’ health insurance. And in 2014 the IRS will also be administering additional subsidies — in the form of refundable tax credits — to help millions of low- and middle-income individuals buy health insurance. The law does make individuals subject to a tax, starting in 2014, if they fail to obtain health insurance coverage. But IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman testified before a hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee March 25 that the IRS won’t be auditing individuals to certify that they have obtained health insurance.</blockquote> As Factcheck goes on to note, <a href=”http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-111hr3590enr/pdf/BILLS-111hr3590enr.pdf”>on page 131 of the bill that was passed</a>, the IRS is explicitly prohibited from “from using the liens and levies commonly used to collect money owed by delinquent taxpayers, and rules out any criminal penalties for individuals who refuse to pay the tax or those who don’t obtain coverage.”

Affordable Care Act Bill Is Way Too Long And Impossible To Read!

Oh, Congresscritters, the poor dears! So many bills to read and so little time — between raising campaign cash at lush fundraisers and receiving marching orders from powerful corporate interests — to actually read them all. <a href=”http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2009_08/019629.php”>And this Affordable Care Act was a real humdinger of a long bill</a>. And long bills are bad because length implies complication and complication requires study and study implies some form of “work.” So the proper thing to do is to mulch the entire print run of the bill and use it to power the boiler that heats the “sex dungeon” in theLongworthOfficeBuilding, the end! Actually, reading the bill is not that hard, despite the complaints. As the folks at <a href=”http://computationallegalstudies.com/2009/11/08/facts-about-the-length-of-h-r-3962/”>Computational Legal Studies were able to divine</a>: <blockquote>Those versed in the typesetting practices of the United States Congress know that the printed version of a bill contains a significant amount of whitespace including non-trivial space between lines, large headers and margins, an embedded table of contents, and large font. For example, consider page 12 of the printed version of H.R. 3962. This page contains fewer than 150 substantive words. We believe a simple page count vastly overstates the actual length of bill. Rather than use page counts, we counted the number of words contained in the bill and compared these counts to the number of words in the existing United States Code. In addition, we consider the number of text blocks in the bill — where a text block is a unit of text under a section, subsection, clause, or sub-clause.</blockquote> <a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/11/09/house-health-care-bill-ac_n_350810.html”>As HuffPost noted in March of 2010</a>, “the total number of words in the House Health Reform Bill are 363,086,” and when you throw out the words in the titles and tables of contents and whatnot, leaving only words that “impact substantive law,” the word count drops to 234,812. “Harry Potter And the Order Of The Phoenix,” a popular book read by small children, is 257,000 words long. (Although in fairness to Congress, the Affordable Care Act contains very few exciting accounts of Quidditch matches.)

The 2012ers Join The Fun

We couldn’t have a list of Affordable Care Act distortions without noting the ways some of your 2012ers have added to the canon. Herman Cain said that if the ACA had been implemented, <a href=”http://thehill.com/blogs/healthwatch/politics-elections/177511-video-cain-if-obamacare-had-been-implemented-already-id-be-dead-“>he’d be dead</a>. Not likely! The new law expands coverage so that uninsured individuals who face what Cain faced (cancer) have a better chance of getting coverage, and it restricts insurers from tossing cancer patients off the rolls based on their “pre-existing condition.” But more to the point, Cain would have always been the wealthy guy who could afford to choose his doctor and pick the care he wanted. The Affordable Care Act doesn’t prohibit wealthy people from spending money. Rick Santorum says that his daughter, who is diagnosed with a genetic disorder called trisomy 18 and who required special needs care, <a href=”http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2011/04/25/santorum-more-disabled-people-will-be-denied-care-under-obamacare/”>would be “denied care” under the Affordable Care Act</a>. Nope! Again, the law restricts insurers from throwing people with pre-existing conditions off their rolls. And for individuals under 19, that went into effect in September of 2010. Michele Bachmann believes that the Affordable Care Act would open “sex clinics” in public schools. This is Michele Bachmann we’re talking about. <a href=”http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/10/01/bachmann-sex-clinics-will_n_306292.html”>Do you even need to ask</a>? And finally, Mitt Romney has said, as recently as March 5, that he never intended his CommonwealthCare reform to serve as a “model for the nation.” “Very early on,” he insisted, “we were asked — is what you’ve done inMassachusettssomething you would have the entire government do, the federal government do? I said no, from the very beginning.” Unless “very early on” and “from the very beginning” mean something different from the conventional definition of those phrases, <a href=”http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/03/05/438044/romney-mandate-model-video/”>Romney should augment his daily pharmaceutical intake with some memory-enhancing gingko biloba</a>.

So Many More To Choose From!

Obviously, we did what we could to include as many of these lies and distortions as possible, but there’s no way to include them all. If you’re a completist, however, be sure to check out the <a href=”http://www.thefrisky.com/2012-03-14/fact-or-fiction-obamacare%E2%80%99s-1-dollar-abortions/”>Impossible Tale Of The One-Dollar Abortion</a>, the <a href=”http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/09/AR2011020905682.html”>Story of the State-Based Inflexibility That Wasn’t</a>, <a href=”http://politicalcorrection.org/factcheck/201101210006″>The Curious Case of the Politically Connected Waivers</a> and <a href=”http://www.minnpost.com/dc-dispatches/2011/03/michele-bachmanns-health-care-cover-charges-hard-fathom”>Nancy Drew And The Hidden $105 Billion Expenditure</a>.

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Wallysmom 20 minutes ago ( 9:11 AM)

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Republicans and Boehner should be cautious not to “spike the ball” should the healthcare act go down. Millions of people will lose insurance. Seniors will see a dramatic uptick in their premiums. Scott (the master of healthcare fraud) writes to theOhiogov:

To fix it, there are four pillars of reform
– Increased Consumer choice (you really have no choice…your employer picks  Read More… it)
– Increased provider competition (you really have no choice….your employer picks it)
– Increased provider accountability and price transparency (really? How will they assure this?)
– Increased personal responsibility (in other words, fend for yourself)

These a pillars that were ALREADY in place BEFORE the ACA. And thanks to our Republican legislatures across the country, clinics for affordable healthcare have been closed. If you are uninsured, be assured you will stay that way.
I look forward to how pressing the Republicans feel healthcare reform is prior to an election.

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If they strike it down, this will be a good day for the uninsured. Who will pay their medical bills? YOU WILL.

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13 seconds ago ( 9:30 AM)

One serious question for the folks who can’t imagine how SCOTUS could strike down the mandate: did none of you catch Donald Verrilli’s historically poor performance defending the law in oral arguments? He did worse than Neal Katyal, who screwed the pooch so badly during appeals that he lost his job.

Which brings me to another point, while you all whine about conservative biases — should it bother anybody that Kagan is deciding the Constitutionality of a law her office helped defend?

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hapy2day

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24 seconds ago ( 9:30 AM)

No one, not even Congress, knows what nasty secrets are hidden the the 2700 pages of Obamacare. Every lawyer who has tried to read the over 10,000 pages of rules and regulations attached to the 2700 page document have found them to be incomprehensible.

Sing your name on the dotted line without reading the contract. You’re going to have to deal with the consequences whether you like them or not.

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OutAtFirst

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43 seconds ago ( 9:30 AM)

The justices are just awaiting their last-minute instructions from the health insurance industry.

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46 seconds ago ( 9:30 AM)

I wouldn’t want to guess what this Court might do. Anything is possible when you have a group of radical right wing ideologues on the Court like we have today. The Gore vs. BV$H 2 and then the Citizens United rulings should make everyone realize that this is a group of people that care little for democracy and precedent so anything is possible.

Blutodog: I wouldn’t want to guess what this Court might do.

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59 seconds ago ( 9:29 AM)

Why does this screen keep jumping????

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19 seconds ago ( 9:30 AM)

You have a virus……….. Check it out.

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1 minute ago ( 9:29 AM)

The reputation of the court is so tarnished, any decision will seem political.

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1 minute ago ( 9:29 AM)

I hope they reject everything obama care. What a joke this country has turned into

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North2011

“He who knows best, knows how little he knows”

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1 minute ago ( 9:29 AM)

The PPACA doesn’t go far enough, if the Supreme Court upholds it get ready for states to pass Single-Payer systems like VT did last year/

If the SCOTUS rejects it, get ready for Dems to make the case for a Single Payer system and try to pass the U.S. National Health Care Act

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1 minute ago ( 9:29 AM)

Can Obama force 390 million Americans to face mandatory penalties and fines for not buying into his socialist medical system? Only his corporate and Union buddies have waivers of this massive takeover of our medical system. Let’s hope common sense will prevail and our Freedoms are protected by SCOTUS.

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33 seconds ago ( 9:30 AM)

Look up what the wavers were actually for…you people are so willfully ignorant!

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blumax008

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2 minutes ago ( 9:29 AM)

Don’t tell me! Will Sandra actually have to pay for her own contraceptives? I would rather the world to collapse than for something like that to happen! Nothing could be more tragic should this law fail to pass muster by the Supremes!

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2 minutes ago ( 9:29 AM)

Amazing that people still think that this is about our rights or the constitution . The supreme court is bought by the special interest .

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2 minutes ago ( 9:29 AM)

I hope that the Justices read the whole 15,000 page bill unlike the people of the people inWashington.

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2 minutes ago ( 9:29 AM)

Well, unlike Romney, I’m going on the record right now and saying that the ACA will NOT be struck down! I think this because, if it is, it will be setting a dangerous precedent. One that will open the door driver’s in the states that mandate automobile insurance to challenged those laws as well. Insurance companies are a main staple of the republican party and would be injured were this to happen…thus, it will not happen! Book it, Dano! 🙂

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2 minutes ago ( 9:28 AM)

If the law is overruled then I personally think its political and not for the right reasons.

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Supreme Court Ruling Looms

WHAT DO YOU THINK 140

tideh: She must be the dumbest person on earth.

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16 hours ago ( 4:50 PM)

Say rah………….the only death panels are being created if the Affordable Health Care Act is ended by the SCOTUS and their GOP/TP lackeys…………go yell down a well you dip.

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lisiduna

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21 hours ago (11:45 AM)

We already have active ‘Death Panels’. They’re called uninsured people. Deadly disease? Too bad! (Ron Paul)

lisiduna: We already have active ‘Death Panels’. They’re called uninsured people.

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Kristopher C Fjeldos

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07:18 AM on 06/27/2012

I didn’t know when I got a checkup, being a male gender human, that I was getting an abortion? Should males only get healthcare? lol Silly Republicans.

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Get up offa that thing!

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06:06 AM on 06/27/2012

Based on Sarah’s cynical nature, I’m surprised she hasn’t hired a double to spew all the dreck that comes from her mouth, while she sneaks off to Macy’s and Sachs5th Avenue.

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mabelle55

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04:17 AM on 06/27/2012

What has 10 letters and blows hot air at the same time it suck in oxygen?

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04:17 AM on 06/27/2012

wow sarah palin is so beautiful in satin

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Sarah Sally Urban

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03:41 AM on 06/27/2012

We already have death panels. They’re spelled R-E-C-I-S-S-I-O-N.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/work-in-progress/2010/04/23/wellpoint-breast-cancer-insurance-woman/

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thetrowl

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02:37 AM on 06/27/2012

ACA or Obamacare still will have price controls who is worth the money? I’ve had private and public healthcare most of my life. Private carriers have never limited care. They can be sued public as in Medicare and Medicaid cannot.

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Lee Harvey

Grab a slice of Crazy. Don’t cost nothin’.

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02:12 AM on 06/27/2012

This clown is still around? Who knew?

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Easy123

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01:35 AM on 06/27/2012

I would rather have public death panels than the private for profit death panels we have now, just sayin’.

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Easy123

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01:24 AM on 06/27/2012

Sarah your party cheers that an uninsured man will die. And your making stuff up.

Easy123: Sarah your party cheers that an uninsured man will die.

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BrendanP

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12:12 AM on 06/27/2012

The Screechy Siren of the End Times raises her head from moosebutt and bellows out more lies and nonsense.

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Ivo Dude

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12:10 AM on 06/27/2012

Sarah, we have death panels now. They are the insurance companies and the TGOP loyalists.

Ivo_Dude: Sarah, we have death panels now. They are the insurance

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Politically Speaking: Supreme Court ruling on health law will rock political world to day, Thursday Jun 28, 2012

Wednesday has been full of heightened anticipation for the expected Thursday morning U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the federal health care reform measures wrapped into the Affordable Care Act. The Sioux City Journal website will offer a live blog as the ruling unfolds, incorporating professionals who are versed in the health care field.

As Tom Petty sang, the waiting is the hardest part.

It feels like a day in a holding pattern, where what the presidential candidates and vice president Joe Biden, who is campaigning in eastern Iowa, say is secondary to prepping for the important job of reporting on the court ruling. One school of thought is that by waiting until the end of June (many rulings on important cases came out earlier this month), the justices are writing the multiple opinions and dissents that come with a split decision.

Politico just released a piece that reveals Republican Party talking points on the upcoming ruling. Some of the items included are things U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, voiced a week ago in a conference call with Iowa reporters on the upcoming court ruling.

According to Politico, Republicans are prepared for four possible scenarios:

“If the law that the GOP calls ‘Obamacare’ is upheld, Republicans will step up their calls to repeal the entire law and make the claim that the law is ‘making things worse’ and hurting small businesses.

“If the entire law is struck down, they will argue that the ruling will underscore the need for new leadership in the White House since it ‘clears the way’ to enact ‘step- by-step’ reforms to ‘protect Americans’ access to the care they need, form the doctor they choose, at a lower cost.’

“If the individual mandate is upheld, Republicans will point to comments made by Democratic Sens. Max Baucus, Jeff Bingaman and Al Franken and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer questioning whether the law would work without it. And they will make the same point if the court rejects the mandate along with a series of health insurance reforms, including ones that are popular, such as the prohibition against those with pre-existing conditions.”

Re-Published from Chicago, by Dr. Gaston Saint Martin (gsaintmartin@hotmail.com)

Important New National Security Agency Project on Argentina – US Relations 1975 to 1980 –

Led  by Carlos Osorio [listmate]

From: Tex Harris <afsatex@gmail.com>

Subject: Important New NSA Project on Argentina – US Relations 1975 to 1980 – Led by Carlos Osorio [listmate]
To: “Tex Harris – AFSA” <afsatex@gmail.com>
Date: Thursday, June 21, 2012, 3:43 PM

Under the skilled and dedicated leadership of Carlos Osorio, the National Security Archive is launching an important project on Argentine – US Relations 1975 to 1980! [details below from Listmate Carlos Osorio <cosorio@gwu.edu>]

The national Security Archive is preparing a selection of 2500 documents that illustrate US policy towards Argentina  between 1975 and 1980. These will be published by Chadwyck and Healey as a paid for digital collection in the Digital National Security Archive [http://nsarchive.chadwyck.com/home.do], which usually becomes available in major universities across the country, and will be available for free at our reading room.

The documents are a selection from the 5000 US documents declassified in 2002 by the Department of State, another 2000 documents we got from our own FOIA request project, documents collected from the CIA website and the CREST database at the National Archives NARA, White House documents selected from the Carter Library in Atlanta, documents collected from  Patt Derian’s donation to Duke University, papers form George Lister at the Benson Library in Austin Texas  and finally documents collected from NARA from Deputy secretaries of State and so on. The collection also includes selected documents from the Chilean intelligence DINA head captured by Argentine intelligence [Arancibia Clavel] and introduced in courts in Argentina, and documents from the Archivo del Terror in Paraguay. Also included are documents donated by Mick Andersen and other former US officials

The collection will be published  by the end of the year and will be accompanied with a chronology of events to help readers place documents in the context of the political landscape and glossaries of people, organizations and events.

Tex Harris has been a key advisor in this project as well as the honorable Patt Derian. In addition, we have had the support in labor and scholarly research of dozens of students and Professors Silvia Tandeciarz and Betsy Konefal of the College of William and Mary and the renowned historian Marcos Novaro of the Centro de Investigaciones Politicas CIPOL and Laura Lenci, head of the Archivo de la Dirección de Inteligencia de la Policia de la Provincia de Buenos Aires DIPBA in Argentina.

The document collection aims to represent the key issues and policy turning points for the US while dealing with the Argentine dictatorship and the tragedy of the military  counterinsurgency campaign that led to the death or disappearance of nearly 30,000 people.

(English)

(ARGENTINE CONSTITUTION’s ART 29 – “THE UTTER COURSE OF John Baptiste ALBERDI .(Author of 1853 CONSTITUTION) 

The Congress may not grant to the National Executive, nor the provincial legislatures to the Governors of province extraordinary powers, nor the amount of public power, nor give those submissions 

and supremacy that life, honor, or the fortunes of the Argentines are left at mercy of Governments or any person.

Acts of this nature bring with them an irretrievable null and void, and hold to those who formulate, consent or sign individual responsibility and punishment of the infamous traitors to the fatherland.

THE UTTER CURSE OF John Baptiste ALBERDI to FUTURE BETRAYERS)


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(Español) 

ART 29 CONSTITUCION ARGENTINA 1853

(!Maldición[1] de Alberdi a los TRAIDORES[2] que vendrían!)

Art.29. El Congreso no puede conceder al Ejecutivo nacional, ni las Legislaturas provinciales a los gobernadores de provincia facultades extraordinarias, ni la suma del poder público, ni otorgarles sumisiones y supremacías por las que la vida, el honor o las fortunas de los argentinos queden a merced de gobiernos o persona alguna.

Actos de esta naturaleza llevan consigo una nulidad insanable, y sujetarán a los que los formulen, consientan o firmen, a la responsabilidad y pena de los infames traidores a La Patria.


[1] MALDICION=  CURSE, DAMN, PUT EVIL SPELL ON, EVIL SPELL, UTTER CURSES.

[2] TRAIDOR:   Uno se entiende mejor con un enemigo que con un traidor. (Arístides Royo (1940); abogado y político panameño.)