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For First Time Ever, Most Voters Think Health Care Repeal Likely

Posted on Dec. 20, 10 | 01:47 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Health Care Reform
From Rasmussen Reports:

For the first time since Democrats in Congress passed the health care bill in March, a majority of U.S. voters believe the measure is likely to be repealed.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters think it is at least somewhat likely that the health care plan will be repealed. Thirty-three percent (33%) view repeal as unlikely. Those figures include 16% who believe repeal is Very Likely and 5% who believe it is Not at All Likely.
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When You Take Down the Mandate, You Take Down ObamaCare

Posted on Dec. 17, 10 | 01:16 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Health Care Reform
When the Supreme Court ultimately rules on the constitutionality of ObamaCare's individual mandate, the nine justices have the opportunity to take down the entire bill.  Typically most bills have a severability clause in them that allows for a bad law to stay in effect despite getting portions ripped out of it by the Court.  But ObamaCare doesn't have a severability clause in it, so if Chief Justice John Roberts and the majority of justices who rule the mandate unconstitutional so chooses, they can destroy the entire bill.

The great news is that they can use the White House's own words to justify their decision.  Here's a recent excerpt from the New York Times:

Though they have battled for more than a year, President Obama and the health insurance industry agree that the requirement for most Americans to obtain insurance, struck down by a federal judge, is absolutely essential to the success of the new health care law.

Without it, they say, the whole package collapses, dashing hopes for universal coverage and cost control. Ripping the mandate from the law would have “devastating consequences,” the White House said Tuesday.

Kill the mandate, kill the law.
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Quote of the Day

Posted on Dec. 14, 10 | 03:29 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Health Care Reform
Via the Wall Street Journal's Political Diary:

"The Supreme Court, as currently constituted, seems unlikely to overturn Judge Hudson's holding on the individual mandate and the tax penalty. Yes, the highest court has gone very far in extending the Commerce Clause over the past seven decades. But even the Supremes have never gone as far as the Obama Justice Department desperately wants it to go. For the court to go that far, it will have to fundamentally break the Constitution, tearing out its strictures on a limited government. Such a ruling would mean the literal end of any limits on the power of Congress, posing the most dangerous political threat to our liberty since our nation's founding" -- Hans von Spakovsky of the Heritage Foundation on Federal Judge Henry Hudson's ruling that a central portion of ObamaCare is unconstitutional.
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Club for Growth Hails ObamaCare Ruling

Posted on Dec. 13, 10 | 02:11 PM by Michael Connolly | Topic: Health Care Reform
WASHINGTON – The Club for Growth today praised the U.S. District Court ruling today that threw out the unconstitutional individual mandate at the heart of the federal health care law passed earlier this year.

“Congress can no more force Americans to buy health insurance than it could force us to buy their lame arguments in favor of Obamacare in the first place,” said Club President Chris Chocola.

“ObamaCare’s unconstitutional individual mandate violates every tenet of limited government and individual liberty, and is fundamentally incompatible with a free and growing economy,” Chocola added.  “Congress should not wait to let the courts overturn ObamaCare, but move forward immediately with legislation to Repeal It.”

The Club for Growth launched its Repeal It! campaign early this year to help build public support for undoing the federal health care takeover.  In 2010, more than 400 federal lawmakers and candidates signed the Repeal It! pledge, including more than 40 of the incoming freshman class of congressmen and Senators.

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Political Turkeys of 2010

Posted on Nov. 29, 10 | 09:11 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Health Care Reform
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Posted on Nov. 29, 10 | 08:08 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Health Care Reform
A staffer on Capitol Hill sent this to me:

When exiting a meeting about long emergency room waiting times, the head of Alberta’s health service was approached by reporters and asked what he was doing to shorten the waiting lists.  The head of the health service responded by saying he couldn’t be disturbed, because he was eating a cookie.  No, seriously; watch the exchange yourself.
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Coburn Calls for Repeal and Repeal and Repeal

Posted on Oct. 27, 10 | 08:16 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Health Care Reform
From The Hill:

Senate Republicans should repeatedly offer bills to repeal health reform even if it's in vain, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said Tuesday.

Coburn acknowledged efforts to repeal the legislation, or even defund it, were unlikely to be successful as long as President Obama is in the White House, but said making repeated efforts to dismantle the legislation is the best political strategy for the GOP.

"I think the best strategy is to call for a repeal bill and pass that bill," Coburn told a group of conservative bloggers. "And if you can't pass it the first time, then offer it again the next month, and offer it again the next month."

This is a good message to echo.  I suspect that a lot of "ruling class" Republicans will call for a repeal vote, and once it fails, they'll throw up their hands and say, "well, we tried," and then move onto the next issue.
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Gregg: Don't Repeal ObamaCare

Posted on Oct. 19, 10 | 01:47 PM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Health Care Reform
From The Hill newspaper:

A top Senate Republican suggested Monday night that the party's prevailing strategies to curtail the new healthcare law might not be good ideas. 

Sen. Judd Gregg (N.H.), the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, said that repealing the new healthcare reform law — or looking to defund it — were not good options.

"I don't think starving or repealing is probably the best approach here," Gregg said on the Fox Business Network. "You basically go in and restructure it."

Good thing he's retiring.  I don't think that's a message that sells with the fiscally conservative base.
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Teachers Union Gets ObamaCare Waiver

Posted on Oct. 08, 10 | 10:59 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Health Care Reform
We're gonna see stories like this all the time under the new law.  From the NY Post:

The United Federation of Teachers -- one of President Obama's key political backers -- is the biggest beneficiary of a White House sweetheart deal that will exempt certain outfits from complying with new health-care rules, officials revealed yesterday.

The quietly approved federal waivers for 30 companies, health insurers, unions and other groups across the country means the UFT doesn't have to gradually phase out caps on annual health coverage like everyone else.

The UFT was concerned that could have been a major financial hit on the union.

As economist Russ Roberts fretted, "Rule of law, anyone?" 
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Bill Clinton Supports Buying Insurance Across State Lines

Posted on Oct. 07, 10 | 09:02 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Health Care Reform
Last week, we caught Bill Clinton being very Hayek-esque and now he's promoting a very smart healthcare policy.

Keep 'em coming, Mr. President!
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Taking Down Paul Krugman

Posted on Oct. 07, 10 | 08:45 AM by Andrew Roth | Topic: Health Care Reform
Economist David Henderson does a fine job of turning Paul Krugman's words against him on the matter of health care reform.  Best blog post of the day.
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