New videos surfaced Friday that could debunk the claims of Democrats who say that the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," did not intend to deny insurance subsidies in the states that did not set up their own health care exchanges. The finding could lead courts to prevent millions from getting health insurance and to an unraveling of the new health care law, without a legislative fix.
Two federal courts offered separate opinions this week on whether the ACA does not allow health insurance subsidies in states that did not set up their own health care exchange. A D.C. Appeals Court panel sided with Republicans in finding that the plain language of the ACA does not allow subsidies to go to states where the federal government, rather than the state government, set up the health care exchange. A Fourth Circuit panel sided with the Democrats in finding that the law never intended to deny the subsidies in federal exchanges, even if the language of the law suggests that is the case.
"It's absurd to think that Congress intended those subsidies be available only in the state exchanges," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in a Monday press conference after those court decisions. more >>
The Obama administration is devising a plan that will allow religious nonprofits that object to paying for contraceptives and abortifacients in their healthcare plans and also object to filling out a form that allows a third-party to cover these products and services, to opt out.
White House officials said Tuesday that "they're still developing the alternative and couldn't provide any details about what it would entail," according to The Associated Press. "The administration said the new alternative won't involve shifting the costs to employees."
This announcement comes just weeks after the United States Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 vote that Wheaton College in Illinois is not required to cover emergency contraceptives it believes can lead to the early termination of a pregnancy. The vote gives the college temporary relief from the HHS' birth control mandate (while its case is pending), which it said violates the institution's religious beliefs. more >>
It has been about three weeks now since the Hobby Lobby decision, and based on all the brouhaha from the left against the decision, you would think that the Supreme Court had virtually overruled the Constitution. It hasn't.
The case: Should a business be forced to provide contraceptives, including abortifacients, for their employees, even if that violates the conscience? 5 to 4 on the High Court said no.
Consider some of the fallout from this decision: more >>
Our esteemed Family Research Council (FRC) colleague, Dr. David Prentice has lectured around the world on the wonders of ethical stem cell research. Dr. Prentice has catalogued the more than seventy treatments that bring needed relief to more than 60,000 persons a year. The great thing about Adult Stem Cells is that they are most often taken from the patient's own body, thus overcoming the problem of rejection by the patient's immune system.
Dr. Prentice's pioneering efforts got us thinking: Does the Body Politic also have mechanisms within our ancient Constitution designed to cure our partisan illnesses? Is it possible that the Founding Fathers anticipated the current seemingly intractable clash of political ambition and gave us a way out?
Speaker John Boehner has gone into federal court seeking a ruling that would compel the President of the United States to abide by his Oath of Office. The Speaker has said that he "disagrees" with the calls of some advocating impeachment of the president. As long as he holds the Speaker's gavel, he can effectively take that option off the table. more >>
Update: July 22, 2014, 2:25 pm ET
The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Richmond, Virginia issued a ruling not long after the Washington, DC court upholding the subsidies.
A three judge panel for a federal appeals court may have delivered a serious blow to the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare." more >>
The widow of a 36-year-old chain smoker who died of lung cancer 18 years ago was awarded record punitive damages of more than $23 billion by a Florida jury in a lawsuit against cigarette-making giant the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company last Friday, but the company has vowed to fight it.
A Reuters report said the judgment was the largest ever in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by one plaintiff, according to a spokesman for the woman's lawyer, Chris Chestnut.
After the death of her husband, Michael Johnson, the widow, Cynthia Robinson of Pensacola, Florida, sued R.J. Reynolds charging that the company conspired to hide the health dangers of its products. more >>