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In Plain English: The Affordable Care Act, including its individual mandate that virtually all Americans buy health insurance, is constitutional. There were not five votes to uphold it on the ground that Congress could use its power to regulate commerce between the states to require everyone to buy health insurance. However, five Justices agreed that the penalty that someone must pay if he refuses to buy insurance is a kind of tax that Congress can impose using its taxing power. That is all that matters. Because the mandate survives, the Court did not need to decide what other parts of the statute were constitutional, except for a provision that required states to comply with new eligibility requirements for Medicaid or risk losing their funding. On that question, the Court held that the provision is constitutional as long as states would only lose new funds if they didn’t comply with the new requirements, rather than all of their funding.
A new study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism finds that health care was a “much bigger topic” for liberal hosts like Keith Olbermann and Ed Schultz than for conservative hosts like Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity.
In a report to be released on Monday, the organization said it found that the liberal hosts spent 44 percent of their airtime talking about health care from June 2009 to March 2010, while conservative hosts spent 26 percent of their airtime on the subject.
Health Bill Was a Focus for Liberal Talk Show Hosts
“This is about whether we’re going to get big things done,” Obama said. “I wasn’t sent here to do school uniforms.”
Rahm then asked Obama if he still felt lucky.
“My name is Barack Hussein Obama and I’m sitting here,” Obama answered. “So yeah, I’m feeling pretty lucky.”
Pres. Obama on push back from Rahm Emanuel and others on healthcare via Jon Alter’s new book “The Promise”.
One of the things in the health bill is 16,000 additional IRS agents. Now I think the average American doesn’t think we need 16,000 health police — they don’t think we need a single health police. And it’s interesting that that health bill has more IRS agents than it has doctors or nurses or people who actually do health in the bill.
I think, Republicans this fall, if they were to run as one of their planks, that they will never fund the 16,000 IRS agents, and they will block implementation of the $430 billion in new taxes.
And then put it straight to the country — Do you want 16,000 new IRS agents? Vote Democrat. Do you not want 16,000? Vote Republican.
This why I don’t have any respect for most Republicans. The distortions and outright lies on matters of such importance is unreal. Argue, debate the merits of your opinion. There are plenty of valid and honest disagreements on this and other issues. I can totally respect a difference of opinion but outright lies make me believe that they are all about grabbing power by any means necessary. So sickening (no pun intended).
factcheck.org - Q: Will the IRS hire 16,500 new agents to enforce the health care law?
A: No. The law requires the IRS mostly to hand out tax credits, not collect penalties. The claim of 16,500 new agents stems from a partisan analysis based on guesswork and false assumptions, and compounded by outright misrepresentation.