Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

3/27/2012 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Three days of hearings are the most time allocated to an issue since 60s.

The Affordable Care Act or "Obamacare" is getting its day(s) before the US Supreme Court, and the outcome could affect all Americans for decades to come. The justices will decide if the nation may keep, or should discard, one of the largest expansions of federal government authority in decades.

The justices of the US Supreme Court.

The justices of the US Supreme Court.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/27/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: Obamacare, Supreme Court, justices, hearings, insurance, mandate


WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - Just over two years ago, President Obama signed his controversial health-care mandate into law, commonly referred to as "Obamacare." The goal of the mandate was allegedly to extend affordable medical insurance to as much as 95 percent of the American population.

However, the law has opponents who say that it raises costs rather than saving coasts. Further that it is unconstitutional because it mandates that Americans must purchase coverage or face penalties and dangerously expands the reach of the Federal Government.This is the first time in history that the American people are being compelled by the Federal government to purchase a good or service.


In addition, the law has drawn the strong opposition of the Catholic Church, other Christians, other people of faith and many people of good will who strongly object to a mandate requiring that all employers provide contraceptives, abortion inducing drugs and sterilization or face fines and penalties. That includes church run hospitals and outreaches to the poor and the needy. This is a violation of the First Ammendment's Free Exercise of Religion.

In addition to compelling Americans to buy insurance, it would also bring about changes in how insurance companies operate. Insurers would no longer be allowed to deny coverage based on preexisting conditions and there would be limits on how much senior citizens could be charged. The law also allows parents to keep their children insured until age 26. 

Some say the law will expand Medicaid. Others say it will end up dangerously undercutting the program. The law is mostly supported by congressional Democrats. However, most Republicans - and a few Democrats - are fighting the law for many reasons. It expands the role of the Federal Government in our health care decisions. Also, many claim that rather than save costs it has become too costly to implement, a charge proponents Democrats deny.

The Obama administration has been under fire from the law's supporters who say the President hasn't done enough to educate the public and promote the law. 

Meanwhile, the US Supreme Court is now holding a virtually unprecedented three days worth of hearings on the matter, something that has not happened since the 1960s. The court will release same-day audio recordings, which is also unusual. 

President Obama campaigned on a healthcare reform platform, pointing out that the US pays more on healthcare than any other developed nation in the world, but does not enjoy a corresponding increase in life expectancy health care quality. 

UPDATE:

Monday's arguments focused on whether or not the SCOTUS has jurisdiction in the case - at this time. It all revolved around whether the amount payed by those who fail to participate is a "tax" or a "penalty". An argument made by supporters used a 19th century tax law to prevent a hearing on the case. 
The 1867 Anti-injunction Act prevents court suits from collecting tax payments before an amount is paid or formal collections have begun. The rule under the act is "pay first, litigate later." If viewed as a tax, it would render this dispute as not "ripe" because no such tax has yet been exacted.

However, the justices do not appear to have seen any merit in the argument. Justice Sotomayor asked what "parade of horribles" would occur of the case was heard now. 

Robert Long, the attorney appointed (by the justices to argue the point as a sort of devil's advocate) said that it could open the door to other waivers under the act thus opening the floodgates to new litigation. Justice Scalia drew laughter by replying to this, "So basically there will be no parade of horrors because all federal judges are intelligent," -a sarcastic remark.

Justice Stephen Beyer said that the act does not use the term "tax" anywhere in its language, so tax law might not apply. 

The court appeared ready to continue hearings on the case tomorrow and Wednesday.  

.
 

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for September 2014
Mentally disabled:
That the mentally disabled may receive the love and help they need for a dignified life.
Service to the poor: That Christians, inspired by the Word of God, may serve the poor and suffering.



Comments


More Politics & Policy

CAN'T KEEP UP: So many employees leaving Department of Homeland Security, it poses risk to U.S. Watch

Image of The vacating of those in top management positions in the Department of Homeland Security has helped slow the rollout of key cybersecurity initiatives.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Department of Homeland Security, or DHS has seen an exodus of employees over the past four years. According to officials, this is leaving the United States open to potential terrorist strikes and cyber-attacks. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Employees ... continue reading


Shell game in Kansas - why Democrats don't have to win Kansas to win the Senate Watch

Image of Independent investor Greg Orman seems to have the advantage in the newly-reshaped senate race.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The race for Senate in Kansas may suddenly be the most crucial contest in the nation as Republicans scramble to protect their longtime incumbent, Bob Dole is back on the campaign trail, Democrats are being as quiet as possible about not having a candidate, and a ... continue reading


Are they on to something? Judicial Watch says terrorists are operating in Mexico Watch

Image of Beto O'Rourke, a Democrat who represents El Paso in the U.S. House of Representatives, called the area offices of various government agencies in response to a report that Middle Eastern terrorists were operating across the border in Mexico.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Judicial Watch, a controversial Web site that maintains that Middle Eastern terrorists are operating just cross the border from the United States from Mexico is evidently stirring up waves. Federal law enforcement sources in El Paso, Texas say that a United ... continue reading


CLOTHES HORSE: Wasserman Schultz losing confidence among Democrats Watch

Image of Stylish  Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman has alienated members of her own party by reportedly demanding that the party pick up the tab for her wardrobe!

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Two "faux pas" have alienated Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz from her party. Her criticism of the White House's handling of the border crisis and comparing tea party members to abusive husbands have alienated her constituency at ... continue reading


Supreme Court justice Sotomayor warns about drones encroaching on American way of life Watch

Image of Justice Sonia Sotomayor said that she's particularly troubled by the potential for commercial and government drones to compromise personal privacy.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Unmanned surveillance planes called drones pose a threat to the privacy of American citizens, warns Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said. Speaking to students at Oklahoma City University's law school, Sotomayor says that frightening changes in technology ... continue reading


Obama says Islamic State 'is not Islamic' - what are they, then? Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

President Obama vowed to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State insurgency in Iraq and Syria, He intends to do so with airstrikes and a minimal military presence on the ground. The president also declared that the Islamic State terrorists "are not Islamic." ... continue reading


Obama vows to attack Islamic State militants 'wherever they exist' Watch

Image of There has been some progress made against the group. After more than 150 U.S. airstrikes in Iraq in the past month, Iraqi and Kurdish forces have halted the Islamic State advance.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

President Barack Obama has vowed to attack Islamic State militants "wherever they exist." Obama will be sending a limited U.S. military presence of 475 personnel. The president also declared that the United States will act in concert with a broad coalition ... continue reading


Opinion: We Need a Blue Collar Conservative like Rick Santorum in the 2016 Presidential Campaign Watch

Image of Rick Santorum is not an establishment candidate. He threatens establishment leaders in both major political parties. he has always played the role of the underdog and been counted out by the many self professed experts. That is one of the greatest assets he would bring to the 2016 Presidential campaign. He has the potential to draw voters from across party lines and help to forge a new governing coalition which can resuscitate the American dream and set us on a course to brighter future. I sincerely hope he runs.

By Keith A. Fournier

Rick Santorum is a statesman in an age of salesmen - and women. He is a man with a chest.  I will be watching his movements over the next few months. If he decides to run, and I hope he does, he will bring along with him into his presidential campaign a ... continue reading


Pelosi favors sweeping regulations to save net neutrality and ban Internet 'fast lanes' Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It's an unpopular stand for many Republicans, but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says she wants to give federal regulators sweeping new powers over Internet access. It's a necessity in order to save net neutrality and protect Internet users, she says. ... continue reading


READY TO STRIKE: President Obama prepared to use airstrikes in Syria Watch

Image of President Obama believes he needs formal congressional approval to take that action, according to people who have spoken with the president recently.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

From admitting that he had no policy in regards to Syria, U.S. President Barack Obama is now ready for some clear decisive action. The president says that he is prepared to use U.S. military airstrikes in Syria in order to defeat the militant jihadist group ... continue reading


All Politics & Policy News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Proverbs 3:27-34
27 Refuse no kindness to those who have a right to ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 15:2-3, 3-4, 5
2 Whoever lives blamelessly, who acts uprightly, who ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 8:16-18
16 'No one lights a lamp to cover it with a bowl or ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for September 22nd, 2014 Image

St. Thomas of Villanueva
September 22: Augustinian bishop. Born at Fuentellana, Castile, Spain, he was ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter