Within minutes after the U.S. Supreme Court released its ruling upholding the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, Tea Party leaders were announcing an all-out effort to reinvigorate their troops to elect a president and Congress members who promise to repeal the controversial health care law.
"The Supreme Court ruled against the American people today," Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder and national coordinator of Tea Party Patriots, told The Christian Post.
"The American people overwhelming oppose Obamacare. Now more than ever it is time for the American people to band together and take our government back. Americans agree with what Justice Kennedy said in the dissenting opinion that 'the entire Act before us is invalid in its entirety.'" more >>
President Barack Obama argued emphatically, in 2009, that the individual mandate being proposed in the new health care law was not a tax, while many conservatives argued that it was a tax. Now, the U.S. Supreme Court has saved the law on the basis that it is a tax. The decision gives Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney an issue to run on in the presidential race, but Romney supported a state-level individual mandate when he was governor of Massachusetts.
The Supreme Court "reaffirmed a fundamental principle -- that here in America, in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no illness or accident should lead to any family's financial ruin," President Obama said in a press conference after the ruling Thursday.
Obama made no mention, though, of the fact that his signature achievement was saved by calling it a tax increase. more >>
Christian leaders across the nation have been responding to the Supreme Court's ruling on "Obamacare," with many suggesting that the decision to uphold the law's insurance mandate could pose grave consequences for American families.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins warned, "Today's Supreme Court decision will do serious harm to American families. Not only is the individual mandate a profound attack on our liberties, but it is only one section among hundreds of provisions in the law that will force taxpayers to fund abortions, violate their conscience rights, and impose a massive tax and debt burden on American families."
With a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld on Thursday the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) (ACA) as constitutional. "Obamacare," as the act is better known, requires individuals to purchase health insurance or face a penalty, which justices argued was essentially a tax. more >>
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010) (ACA), also known as "Obamacare," as constitutional, including the controversial individual mandate. The penalty for individuals who choose not to purchase health insurance is essentially a tax, the court ruled.
Many court watchers were expecting the individual mandate to be struck down as an overreach of congressional power. Congress has the authority because the penalty for not buying health insurance is a tax, the court said.
Chief Justice John Roberts, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, joined the liberal wing of the court in the 5 to 4 ruling. more >>
Concerned Women for American President and CEO Penny Nance is set to unveil a million-dollar campaign on Tuesday called "She Votes 2012," designed to encourage conservative women to vote in the November general election with the primary objective of targeting key states where women can have an immediate impact.
"We will light a 'grassfire' amongst our constituents to reach women, families, and cultural leaders," Nance told The Christian Post on Friday. "This is a critical election year, and the time is now for women to stand up and let their voices be heard."
"We know that when conservatives vote their values, they elect men and women whom CWA and CWA members can work with to see that founding principles are applied and enacted into law," said Nance. "We need conservatives to turn out in great numbers in order to get legislation passed that will move our great country back to a secure footing." more >>
Protesters across the nation plan to turn out Friday for the "Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally" against the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act. The rally comes as the Supreme Court is expected to deliver its decision this month on the constitutionality of the law dubbed Obamacare.
The Affordable Care Act, overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services, mandates that all institutions, including religious schools and hospitals, provide their employees and students with health care coverage for contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs, such as Plan B.
Religious organizations throughout the U.S. are protesting the HHS Mandate, arguing that it violates their religious freedom, as it forces those who are pro-life to go against their personal moral convictions. more >>