ObamaCare (PPACA)
A simple summary of where we are with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) or ObamaCare. The Supreme Court ruled on June 28, 2012 that the law was not unconstitutional, but offered confusing explanations within its decision. “The Affordable Care Act is constitutional in part and unconstitutional in part,” Roberts wrote. First, The Court upheld the federal takeover of 1/6th of the US economy and ObamaCare implementations will continue. On August 1, 2012 the controversial HHS contraceptive mandate took effect. Second, the Court said that it is reasonable to construe what Congress has done as increasing taxes on those who have a certain amount of income, but (who) choose to go without health insurance. Such legislation is within Congress’s power to tax.” But, “the individual mandate cannot be upheld as an exercise of Congress’s power under the Commerce Clause. That Clause authorizes Congress to regulate interstate commerce, not to order individuals to engage in it.” Third, as for the Medicaid expansion, "that portion of the Affordable Care Act violates the Constitution by threatening existing Medicaid funding," Roberts wrote. "Congress has no authority to order the States to regulate according to its instructions. ... The remedy for that constitutional violation is to preclude the Federal Government from imposing such a sanction." So there you have it; ObamaCare continues as a tax, the mandate is unconstitutional (but because the program continues as a tax that item is irrelevant), and the Medicaid expansion cannot be forced on the states. Open enrollment for the new federally run health-care exchanges are scheduled to start Oct. 1, 2013, with all Americans having access to affordable health insurance options effective January 1, 2014. See timeline here. Find your state's Health Exchange here. State-by-State Insurance Information is available at this site.

Choke!

3/24/17
from The Gray Area:
3/24/17:

Hey Heritage Foundation, Freedom Caucus and all others who pulled for the failure of the AHCA, this was a victory you handed to the Democrats, the Trump hating media and Obamacare. A self inflicted wound that will fester and impact all future legislative efforts. All the while, we still have to live with Obamacare.

Don't think so? Look at these headlines and videos of the elation from the left and their media allies. "... that champagne that wasn’t popped back in November may be utilized this evening.MSNBC headlines after AHCA is pulled: Republicans Pull Health Care Bill From House Floor Chris Matthews: The GOP choked with Healthcare bill Michael Moore: Time to fight for Medicare for all Bernie Sanders: We beat the right wing extremists today Schumer: 'Art of the deal is out the window' Huffington Post headlines: THWART OF THE DEAL Art of the Ordeal Democrats Urge People To Keep Resisting After House GOP Pulls Obamacare Repeal Vote NY Times headlines: Facing a Mutiny, G.O.P. Pulls Health Bill In Major Defeat for Trump, Push to Repeal Health Law Fails The TrumpRyanCare Debacle Republicans Land a Blow to Their Own Party’s Face How Republicans failed to repeal Obamacare New York Magazine headline: Why Obamacare defeated Trumpcare CNN Headlines: Trump points fingers Trump's art of no deal, find someone to blame Why the deal maker looked incompetent Here are those who would have voted against the bill: 'Nuff said!



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