Forum Thread

The Affordable Care Act

Reply to ThreadDisplaying 46 - 51 of 51 Prev 1 2 3 4
  • Are you sure you want to delete this post?

    Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will start to review the latest suit against the Affordable Care Act.

    If the high court, with a newly strengthened conservative majority, were to overturn the law following this week’s oral arguments, health insurance would collapse for at least 23 million Americans. Nearly 11 million would lose coverage through marketplaces created under the ACA to sell private health plans, usually with federal subsidies, to people who cannot get affordable benefits through a job. And about 12 million, insured because of Medicaid expansions in all but a dozen states, could find that coverage disappear.

    “Overturning the ACA would affect almost everyone, one way or another,” said Larry Levitt, senior vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health policy group. It would “put the health system into chaos and the political system into chaos, as well,” he said.

    Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, could be classified as a preexisting condition, throwing into doubt coverage of ongoing treatment for some patients who suffer lingering effects and sometimes need care long after they contract the virus.

    The court’s likelihood of striking down the law this time, ending insurance protections for people with covid-19 or other medical conditions, is a matter of debate. Since early 2018, when a group of Republican attorneys general launched the lawsuit that has evolved into the Supreme Court case, health law scholars who support and oppose the ACA have uniformly contended that the suit’s legal arguments are weak.

    If the court struck down the full law, Congress would face intense pressure to restore at least parts of it — especially now, said James C. Capretta, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute who focuses on health care.

    My opinion is that the Supreme Court would be foolish to do anything beyond ruling against the lawsuit. Since this is 2020, though, anything is possible.

  • Are you sure you want to delete this post?
    I doubt if they will do anything; the people have voted and don't want this shit now; thus wait until after January 20th to even "discuss" this issue. Trump and his cronies wanted to "kill" it, because of Obama, whom he hated. Thus has nothing to do with "healthcare" but pure Trump's hate.
  • Are you sure you want to delete this post?

    A majority of the Supreme Court appeared ready Tuesday to uphold most of the Affordable Care Act in the face of a challenge from Republican-led states and the Trump administration.

    Two key members of the court — Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh — said that Congress’s decision in 2017 to zero-out the penalty for not buying health insurance did not indicate a desire to kill the entire law

    Roberts, who wrote the 2012 Supreme Court decision upholding the act’s constitutionality, suggested again that the justices should not do something Congress itself has failed to do — repeal the law.

    “I think it’s hard for you to argue that Congress intended the entire act to fall if the mandate were struck down when the same Congress that lowered the penalty to zero did not even try to repeal the rest of the act,” Roberts told Kyle D. Hawkins, the Texas solicitor general leading the red-state effort.

    ( After law school, Hawkins worked briefly at Faegre Baker Daniels before serving as a law clerk for Judge Edith Jones on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit for one year in 2010. Following his clerkship, he worked for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, D.C.. In the 2013 Supreme Court Term, Hawkins served as a law clerk for Justice Samuel Alito. He was also the Assistant Solicitor General before serving in his current position as Solictor General.

    He frequently accepts invitations to speak by chapters of the Federalist Society. A 2020 speech he gave at Stanford University Law School regarding the legality of the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy was the subject of a student walk-out}

    Washington lawyer Donald B. Verrilli Jr., who as President Barack Obama’s solicitor general had defended the law known as Obamacare at the Supreme Court previously, argued this time on behalf of the House of Representatives.

    He told the justices that to intervene to kill the law would cause disruption in the health-care market and a loss of coverage to more than 20 million Americans in the midst of a pandemic.

  • Are you sure you want to delete this post?
    Why waste even "time" on it; we've got an dangerous "virus' let's deal with that. Are they really that crazy here?
  • Are you sure you want to delete this post?

    I wrote the article below more than 3 years ago, and somebody someplace in the world read it yesterday:

    Sadly, Republicans are STILL trying to kill the act, more than 10 years after its passage - in the middle of the worst pandemic in the last 100 years.

    I don't have a crystal ball, but I made this prediction a week after Trump was sworn in to office:

    " There ARE ways to prevent this utter disaster from occurring, and the best possible way is for the citizens to get mad as hell and CONSTANTLY bombard our elected officials. Donald Trump is unlikely to last 4 years, for a variety of reasons, but the more sane members of the Republican Party will be, and they definitely need to hear from us."

    If the Republicans in the senate had any integrity at all, Trump would have been removed from office this spring, but apparently Mitt Romney is the only one who had the balls to so the right thing.

  • Are you sure you want to delete this post?
    Let's hope Biden can fix all of this, but it will be situation"overload"; he's got his slate full as well plenty of obstruction of these GOP idiots who remain; so I'm afraid that he also may become an one term President. I fear the "chaos' will continue unless the Trump party blows itself up.