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Medicare's Financial Picture Is Looking Better

July 29, 2014 Maybe Medicare spending won't break the bank, after all—or at least not as quickly as we thought. Medicare's trustees said Monday they think the recent slowdown in health care spending might continue, which would save the system billions of dollars. Spending cuts in Obamacare would save even more money, they ...

Obamacare's Road Back to the Supreme Court

July 22, 2014 The Affordable Care Act landed in a new level of legal peril Tuesday, courtesy of a duo of conflicting court rulings that threaten to send the law back to the Supreme Court—and once again put the law's foundation at the mercy of the justices. Two federal Appeals Courts issued conflicting ...

What Happens If Boehner's Lawsuit Against Obama Succeeds?

July 17, 2014 House Republicans might have a point about Obamacare's employer mandate—they just can't do much about it by suing the president. The House is planning to sue President Obama (and, more to the point, the IRS) over delays in the health care law's employer mandate. It took the first official step ...

Will Boehner's Obamacare Lawsuit Work?

July 14, 2014 House Republicans might have a hard time getting the courts to hear their lawsuit against President Obama. Even if Republicans are correct on the merits, and delays in Obamacare implementation were indeed illegal—which is an enormous "if"—there's a decent chance they'll still lose. Legal experts, including some conservatives, are skeptical ...

Boehner Will Sue Obama for Not Enforcing Obamacare

July 11, 2014 House Republicans are planning to sue President Obama over delays in implementing Obamacare. Speaker John Boehner has been talking for a while about suing the president, but has been vague about what specific actions he would challenge. On Thursday, he announced his target: delays in the health care law's employer ...

Forget Hobby Lobby—This Case Could Wreck Obamacare

July 7, 2014 A federal appeals court might be on the verge of blowing a massive hole in the foundation of Obamacare. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is expected to rule any day now in a lawsuit that aims to block the law's insurance subsidies in more than half ...

The Supreme Court Just Dealt a Devastating Blow to Public Unions

June 30, 2014 The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision on Monday that mandatory public union dues violate some members' First Amendment rights. In the ruling on Harris v. Quinn, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that the precedent that had upheld the state of Illinois' right to require membership dues was shaky. The ...

Supreme Court Sides With Hobby Lobby to Weaken Obamacare Mandate

June 30, 2014 Obamacare's contraception mandate infringes on religious liberty and must be waived for some business owners, the Supreme Court said in a 5-4 ruling Monday. Certain employers cannot be forced to include contraception in their health care plans if doing so would violate their religious beliefs, the Court said. The justices ...

No, the VA Is Not an Obamacare Preview

May 27, 2014 As if it wasn't bad enough that dozens of veterans may have died because of the VA system's failures, some conservative pundits are turning the fear factor up a notch: This is what awaits us all under Obamacare, they claim. That's nonsense. The health care system that the Veterans Affairs ...

8 More Republicans Back HHS Nominee

May 21, 2014 Eight Republicans lent their support Wednesday to the confirmation of a new Health and Human Services secretary, steering clear of another fight over Obamacare. The Senate Finance Committee voted 21-3 to send Sylvia Mathews Burwell's nomination to the full Senate, which will likely hold a final confirmation vote after the ...