“Washington sees more than its share of power plays, and there were many on display during the year-long health care debate. But even by Washington standards, the secretary’s letter is highly unusual, and startling. It is not every day that a cabinet secretary issues a threat aimed at controlling the speech of an entire industry for plainly political reasons.”

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“The law’s ambitious sweep has made it a target for those who see it as an unjustified expansion of government. Plaintiffs challenging the law include a variety of religious groups, the nation’s largest small-business trade association, and a who’s who of conservative legal activism.”

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“West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, a Democrat locked in a tight Senate race against Republican John Raese, said on Fox News this morning that he would support the full repeal of health care reform if it couldn’t be fixed.”

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“The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) fails to secure Medicare’s future and instead diverts $332 billion dollars in program savings into new unsustainable entitlement programs. By not improving the Medicare program’s solvency, the White House and Congress threaten to burden America’s seniors with rising premiums and reduced patient access. Healthcare reform should have paved a more fiscally responsible path forward for the Medicare program by fixing the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula for physician reimbursement and ensuring long-term Medicare affordability.”

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“Rep. Gene Taylor on Wednesday became the first Democrat to endorse a GOP effort to repeal the new health reform law.”

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“Well, after just six months of implementation, it’s clear that even ObamaCare’s fiercest critics underestimated just how badly and how quickly the new law would distort decision-making in American health care.”

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Three Catholic hospitals in Pennsylvania are putting themselves up for sale because they are unable to cope with ObamaCare’s interference. “Officials said there are numerous reasons for the sale. One big one is the heath care reform bill signed into law this year… The CEO said it means the need for more spending and less federal reimbursements.”

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“Political ‘realists’ assure us that stopping the law’s momentum won’t work, and that repealing it is fantasy. They’re not counting on the reality that as we discover more and more what’s in the law, it will become ever more hated.”

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“Part I addresses the Commerce Clause and includes what I think is the most thorough discussion so far of why the mandate is not authorized by the Supreme Court’s broadest-ever Commerce Clause decision, Gonzales v. Raich (pp. 6–10). Part I also addresses many other relevant Commerce Clause decisions, including lower court cases. Part II covers the Tax Clause, emphasizing that the mandate is a regulatory penalty, not a tax as defined by Supreme Court precedent (pp. 16–21). Finally, Part III discusses the Necessary and Proper Clause. Among other things, it explains why the mandate runs afoul of the five part test established in the Supreme Court’s most recent Necessary and Proper Clause decision, United States v. Comstock, which I also discussed in detail in this article.”

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“When a federal program is hemorrhaging taxpayer dollars and delivering poor results, policymakers should reform it. Fundamental Medicaid reform is desperately needed. Market-based principles should be introduced to re-align incentives of doctors and patients so that quality can increase and cost can decrease. Instead of addressing the many problems of Medicaid, Obamacare doubles down on the broken program and greatly adds to its rolls.”

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