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Obama Health Care Law Headed to Supreme Court

By Gene Barrett

The US Supreme Court will decide on November 10 whether or not to consider the case of President Barack Obama’s controversial health care law. The decision, which will be made in closed session by the nine justices, could be made public that day or on the following Monday, November 14. The justices will assess five of the six pending petitions regarding issues such as the constitutionality of the individual mandate and the severability of the law.

Twenty-six states are among those who have sued over the legislation passed by Congress and signed by the president on March 23, 2010. The most important issue involves whether the Congress exceeded its power by requiring that all Americans buy health insurance or pay a penalty. These states want the courts to make a decision before the next presidential cycle. If the court does decide to weigh the case, arguments would follow and the justices would be expected to rule by the end of their term in June 2012.

On the issue of timing, their cause got an unexpected boost from retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who said voters would be better off if they knew the law’s fate before casting their ballots next year.

The 91-year-old Stevens said in an Associated Press interview that the justices would not shy away from deciding the case in the middle of a presidential campaign and would be doing the country a service. “It would be better to have that known about than be speculated as a part of the political argument,’’ Stevens said in his Supreme Court office.

This historic challenge, by over half of the states in the nation, offers the court an ideal vehicle to resolve pressing constitutional questions arising from the President’s unprecedented legislative initiative.

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  3. Bob Henry says:

    Because the Supreme Court is scheduled to rule of Obama’s Health Care law, what plans does AMAC done to inform the Court of our Senior Citizens Health Care Concerns. Such as cutting 591.Billion from Medicare, which most of this cut will be directly affecting Senior benefits. Such as Doctor shortage, cutting Insurance Advantage programs, and cutting Senior care procedures. Not to mention raising benefit premiums.

  4. Rachel Verdon says:

    REMOVE INTERSTATE COMMERCE RESTRICTIONS ON PURCHASING HEALTHCARE.

    Surely the Supreme Court realizes this clause was created for the Federal Government to regulate the competing tariffs and currencies between the States two hundred years ago, not the cost of breakfast at the International House of Pancakes.

    The health insurance costs here in California are literally three times higher than Kentucky, even though we have a much broader base to spread risk. There are some 1,700 health insurance companies in America but California has access to little more than a dozen.

    This quarantining workers and employers from purchasing a more suitable insurance policy is the greatest obstacle to economic recovery. Industry will not hire until Obamacarre is overturned.

    It is far more important to me to be able to afford groceries than be forced to purchase a $10,000 health insurance policy under Obamacare, especially since I can get catastrophic health insurance from by bank at $29/month !!!

    Yes, that’s right, my dirty capitalist pig WELLS FARGO BANK, that purchases blocks of insurance across all state lines.is the biggest insurance provider in America and has beat this damnable government racket. Why not call up bank president John Stumpf for some tips on how to manage health insurance and solve this national economic mess we are in?

    This would do more to jump-start the economy than anything else.

    Oinky Oinky

  5. corporate gifting says:

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  6. DeetsAZ says:

    it would be good for us in the US to look at other countries who, over the years, have fine-tuned their systems but there is the 600-lb gorilla in the room a) tort reform [liability insurance is out of hand and doctors fear of liability, makes health care ridiculous, such waste just to cover every eventuality incase one gets sued b) can we buy any place we like or still just in the State we live in - as politicians want and need that control? Why? c) can the government make us buy it. (The Car analogy is wrong and silly, you don't have to have car insurance if you don't own or drive a car.) d) and the government running it? Oh Dear! That will be "fun". The current system needs repealing and to be re-discussed.
    The Dutch system seems to be quite logical [without being cynical that doesn't seem to go down too well with our legislators], but then the Dutch are progmatist and not idyologists.

    • Rachel Verdon says:

      Dear Deets,
      You asked: “can we buy any place we like or still just in the State we live in – as politicians want and need that control? Why?”

      Each State Legislature fixes health insurance policies and prices ARTIFICIALLY HIGH in collusion with the Insurance Industry and the Labor Unions who negotiate for their rank and file. In return, the politicians receive big campaign contributions from Big Insurance and Big Labor. The consumer is left out of the picture. Hardly a representative government. See how it works?

  7. TJ says:

    I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government form wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

  8. Jim Clark says:

    We now are seeing government by the polititians rather than by the people.

  9. Jim W says:

    We are a year away from saving our country and reclaiming the freedom and prosperity that so many of us as seniors worked to build. We have to take the lead, NOW. Some of our kids and grandkids were duped by Obama and his slick, teleprompter speeches. And many seniors were duped into supporting him after he bought AARP’s support. It is time for us to get active, educate our families and those around us and support a true conservative who will reverse this ruinous socialistic slope we are going down with Obama.

  10. 1000yrd.jim says:

    the # 666 in Gods word refers to man

  11. WW2 Marine Veteran says:

    Let us hope the Supreme Court is honest about this and act accordingly.

  12. Steven O says:

    It is naive to assume that judges will not act according to who appointed them. Why do you think there is so much hype in an election year when judges are up for reappointment? Convervatives want their own judges to be appointed and likewise for liberals.

  13. Jose R says:

    Let us hope that the Judges act accordingly and not because of who apponted them into office.

  14. Steven O says:

    People who can pay will still have the freedom and option to choose their own insurance company as well as their own doctors so nothing will change for them except that their insurance rates will probably go down.

    • Rachel Verdon says:

      Steven O.
      You write: “nothing will change for them except that their insurance rates will probably go down.”

      Hardly. There are over 22 million corporations in America, 70%, according to the US Dept. of Treasury, have 4 or less employees. The other 30% are made up of mid-sized corporations, and the Fortune 500, which constitute less than 20% of our total GNP.

      Most of those small businesses are going to quit private health insurance and opt for the less costly Public Option in fear of fines or imprisonment for non-compliance with Obamacare. The private sector is going to wither on the vine within a decade, as so advocated in President Obama’s campaign pledge to Big Labor back in 2008.

      The problem is this:
      1) HHS already has an accrued $700 TRILLION dollar unfunded liability in Social Security and Medicare.

      2) There is no way on earth the Public Option will be cheaper.

      3) Your health care will be regulated by bureaucratic decree instead of law or personal free choice.

      4) Your health records will be totally screwed up in a government database. (SS already averages annually 20 million clerical errors in citizen accounts. Wait till they add 300 million medical records in this mix.)

      5) Averaged into this cost will be some 20 million illegal aliens mandated to receive medical care by law, when all they really need are a workers permit and a green card to be self sufficient.

      6) HHS already consumes ONE HALF of all national tax revenue, double our military spending.

      7) Just wait till Sec. HHS Kathleen Sibelius sends the Twinkie Police to make a surprise raid on your refrigerator so see if your life style constitutes a health risk. Great Britain already has NHS Twinkie Police. No kidding.

      8) When Saint Sibelius takes away Rush Limbaugh’s coffee and donuts, civil war will break out in the Heartland.

      In the long run, the Government is NEVER CHEAPER, Steven. Never give up your freedom for money.

  15. Bill B says:

    We usually spend some time in the winter at an RV park in Fla. Most of the tenants are peop;e frpm Canada to receive their medical care in the US since the Canadian system is so poor. I wonder where they will go if Obummercare stays.

  16. Steven O says:

    Next all the rabid conservatives will by crying that mandatory auto insurance is unconsitutional. Yes the uninsured DO hurt us. We pay higher medical bills because of their unapaid hospital bills and we all pay higher insurance rates because fewer people are in the system. Obamacare is far from socialized medicine. It is a compromise that maximizes the efficiencies of the free market system.

    • Gil says:

      I disagree. This is not the end all for health insurance. It’s only the tip of the iceburg. Once this is in place, it will lead to a national health care system which the gov’t and it’s henchmen, the additional IRS employees will be watching and hunting down all hose people who fail to follow the “rules of the law”. Also, gov’t will be telling you, and not your doctor, as to what operations and treatments you can have and what sequence on the waiting list you will be. Another point, operations will probably be done by a general surgeon and not the specialist that should be doing it, as most of them will be out of the profession due to gov’t constraints and limitations of income. My suggestion to you is, if you think you like this form of health care, go to Canada and get it.

  17. Paul E. Duncan says:

    My Healthcare is in Jesus hands and whatever Doctor I choose. No Government can have any say whatsoever in this sacred institution. Obamacare is unconstitutional and Satanic.

  18. Dr. Dennis E. Waln says:

    The Obama Care issues is an issue of control. We need to have freedom to choose our own doctors. Obama is failed in every way. The us get rid of his strangle hold on health care.

  19. Barbara Mihalke says:

    that is READ,,sorry for the typo

  20. Barbara Mihalke says:

    Everyone please red Democracy Denied by Phil Kerpen..Says it all..Obama should be impeached right now for shredding our constitution!…if something is not done NOW our country will be lost for good….and we will have a world legal system run by the UN….check out how much land has been taken by the federal government…and if you think ACORN has been defunded check it out……

    • Mari says:

      Single payer is not free if you CHOOSE to go to college and make a ceairtn amount of dollar a year. Their government Forces Group A ( the people who produce for society) to pay for Group B(the people who choose not to produce in society). Single player sounds like a great Idea, but You would have to produce or have enough millionaire in the country to pay for it. Even if you tax them at 100%, the system won’t work. I believe in Freedom for the people. Not your idea of what America is .

  21. Bob Taylor says:

    This needs to be repealed because too many people voted for a president who was easy to see through while they remained uninformed or duped. What we have to fear is not the president but those who elected him. Had all seniors taken a stand for what is right, and all voters been knowledgeable Obama would not have been elected and the issue wouldn’t have come up. We also would not have had Sotomayer and Kagan on the bench. It wasn’t hard to determine what Obama would do, yet voters put him in place. The remedy is to vote him and the democrats out.

  22. Tony Michaels says:

    People were ranting and raving that we need “health care” (which we already have) instead of ranting and raving about reform to what already exists. But this whole debacle was never about health care in the first place (if it were, all those said to not have been covered, would be covered today). It was about taken over “one sixth” of the nations economy. Mr. Obama and his ilk are “anti-colonialists.” He simply wants to succeed where his father failed; to bring “bad” America to its knees. This is one issue plauging America, there are more. Mr. Obama needs to be voted out of office in 2012. Then and only then, can we have real discussions (and hopefully solutions) about the problems that plague us all as a nation.

    • Susan Noegel says:

      We have to get Obama out in the next election. He is drag on our economy in more ways than one. I hope he dos not have the chance to get another one of his radical judges before he either get’s impeached or loses the next election. He thinks the Constitution is useless so he does everything to go against it. He does nothing to protect the people he RULES. Only his crooked cronies. His speech last night was exactly word for word from his last State of the Union. Obamacare has has to be overturned. Elana Kagen should recuse herself from this one. She practically wrote the law herself. Also Sotomayer. .When he is gone we might have real reform.

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