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Igor Volsky – TX Attorney General: Health Law Infringes On The Freedoms Of ‘People Who Are Worth Billions’

December 16, 2010 Leave a comment

From the Wonk Room:

TX Attorney General: Health Law Infringes On The Freedoms Of ‘People Who Are Worth Billions’

By Igor Volsky

This afternoon, following oral arguments in the Florida-based multi-state challenge to the Affordable Care Act, Attorneys General Greg Abbot (TX) and Bill McCollum (FL) held a press conference on the steps of the court house, in which the pair made two very peculiar arguments against the health care law. McCollum bragged that if the mandate is declared unconstitutional, the insurance companies will again be allowed to discriminate against individuals with pre-existing conditions. Abbott complained that the requirement to purchase coverage hindered the freedoms of billionaires:

ABBOTT: There are so many, perhaps millions, who are in their 20s who don’t need access to health care, who may not go get any health care….On the other hand, there are people who are worth billions of dollars who may choose to pay the high end of costs for health care, more than what the average American would have paid and not have any kind of health insurance. They should have the freedom to pursue that path also.

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Kaiser Health News – Insuring Your Health: Retirees Can Find Insuring Young Adult Children Difficult

November 23, 2010 Leave a comment

From Kaiser health News:

Insuring Your Health: Retirees Can Find Insuring Young Adult Children Difficult

Nov 23, 2010

In her latest Kaiser Health News consumer column, Michelle Andrews writes: “According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the key is whether the retiree health plan is made up only of retirees and their dependents or a mix of both active and retired employees and dependents. If it’s a retiree-only group plan — the typical setup, according to experts — then it doesn’t have to abide by the market provisions of the health law (Andrews, 11/23). Read the column.

NEJM – A “Broader Regulatory Scheme” — The Constitutionality of Health Care Reform

October 28, 2010 Leave a comment

From the New England Journal of Medicine:

A “Broader Regulatory Scheme” — The Constitutionality of Health Care Reform

NEJM | October 27, 2010 | Topics: Health Law, Politics of Health Care Reform

Sara Rosenbaum, J.D.

Although a federal court in Florida has allowed a state challenge to the constitutionality of health care reform to proceed to the next stage of litigation,1 a second federal court in Michigan has already swiftly dispatched identical claims on the merits. In rejecting the plaintiffs’ claim, in Thomas More Law Center et al. v. Barack Hussein Obama et al., that the 2010 health care reform is unconstitutional, Judge George Steeh wrote on October 7 that according to a wealth of U.S. Supreme Court precedent, Congress’s power to regulate individual activity under the Commerce Clause (in this case, through a mandate that individuals obtain health insurance) rests on whether the activity amounts to an “integral part of a broader regulatory statutory scheme that permissibly regulates interstate commerce.”2 In this regard, Steeh’s opinion contains two central and intertwined conclusions. First, “economic decisions as to how to pay for health care services have direct and substantial impact on the interstate health care market.” Second, the “minimum coverage provision is essential to the Act’s larger regulation of the interstate business of health insurance.”2

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Kaiser Health News – Campaign Claims: Health Law Myths And Facts

October 19, 2010 Leave a comment

From Kaiser Health News:

Campaign Claims: Health Law Myths And Facts
Kaiser Health News staff writer Julie Appleby and The Washington Post’s N.C. Aizenman report: “The debate that preceded passage of the health-care overhaul resumed as a heated issue in the midterm elections. Politicians and advocacy groups seeking repeal of the law are making dramatic claims about the its cost and effects. How valid are they? We evaluate some of the most common criticisms” (Kaiser Health News).

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Kaiser Health News – Health Law’s 8 New Changes — And 7 Caveats

September 24, 2010 Leave a comment

From Kaiser Health News:

Health Law’s 8 New Changes — And 7 Caveats

[Sep 24, 2010]

Kaiser Health News staff writer Mary Agnes Carey writes: “If you’ve tuned out the health care law you might want to tune back in. A set of new consumer protections goes into effect today, the six-month anniversary of the law. Here’s a guide to some of the changes — and some of the caveats. Keep in mind that how they affect you will depend on what kind of insurance you have” (Carey, 9/23). Read the story.

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