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ObamaCare’s Secret Mandate Exemption

From the WSJ:

ObamaCare’s implementers continue to roam the battlefield and shoot their own wounded, and the latest casualty is the core of the Affordable Care Act—the individual mandate. To wit, last week the Administration quietly excused millions of people from the requirement to purchase health insurance or else pay a tax penalty.

More: ObamaCare’s Secret Mandate Exemption – WSJ.com.

Via the NCPA.

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Is Another Politically Motivated Delay of Obamacare On the Way?

From Reason:

Remember, Obamacare is the law of theland. And there’s absolutely no messing with it. Unless you are the Obama administration, and it’s an election year.

In The Hill, Elise Viebeck reports  on the latest delay anticipated for the health care legislation.

Read more: Is Another Politically Motivated Delay of Obamacare On the Way? – Hit & Run : Reason.com.

See also:

35 Changes to ObamaCare…So Far | Galen Institute.

Related:PPACA’s Corrupting Lawlessness: The new health care law’s proponents have done long-lasting damage to constitutional order. By Christina Sandefur and Timothy Sandefur

 

 

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Improvisational government: 35 Changes to ObamaCare…So Far.

From the Galen Institute:

By our count at the Galen Institute, more than 35 significant changes already have been made to ObamaCare: at least 18 that President Obama has made unilaterally, 15 that Congress has passed and the president has signed, and 2 by the Supreme Court. But even this large number of changes hasn’t stopped the cascade of failures we are seeing today in the implementation of the law.

More: 35 Changes to ObamaCare…So Far | Galen Institute.

Via “Of Course He Should Be Impeached,” by David Catron.

Related:PPACA’s Corrupting Lawlessness: The new health care law’s proponents have done long-lasting damage to constitutional order. By Christina Sandefur and Timothy Sandefur

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Employer mandate and the Obamacare Thought Police

From Ross Kaminsky:

In the Federal Register update which includes President Obama’s most recent unlawful modification of the Affordable Care Act (called Obamacare by liberals only when it is polling above 40% favorable with the public), two main conditions need to be met for employers of between 50 and 99 workers to qualify for another year-long delay in the law’s mandate that they provide health insurance to their employees or face fines.

In addition to having to keep substantially the same insurance coverage for their employees, an employer will not receive relief from the law if she has fired workers in order to get the company’s employee count down below 100 for the purpose of qualifying for the current waiver.

Read more: The Obamacare Thought Police | The American Spectator.

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Obama Administration Delays Individual Mandate for People Whose Insurance Policies Were Canceled

From Reason.com:

People whose health insurance plans were canceled as a result of Obamacare will not be subject to Obamacare’s penalty for being uninsured next year, the administration announced tonight. People whose plans were canceled and are having difficulty paying for a new plan will also be allowed to purchase catastrophic health plans from the exchanges, which had previously been available only to people under the age of 30. …

… it’s hard to justify offering this exemption to the previously insured but not to those who were previously uninsured. A person’s plan is canceled, and as a result that person is not subject to the mandate. But if that person was not insured this year, a person who is otherwise exactly the same is subject to the fine? Good luck selling that one.

via Obama Administration Delays Individual Mandate for People Whose Insurance Policies Were Canceled – Hit & Run : Reason.com.

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Obama Administration Health Care Rule Making Is a Disordered Mess

The Independence Institute’s Linda Gorman writes:

In a series of papers for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Christopher Conover and Jerry Ellig provide evidence to suggest that “the involvement of both White House and high-ranking agency staff” suggests that “the administration likely got the [ObamaCare] rules it wanted written.” To do this, it overrode the normal checks and balances used to ensure that federal regulations impose the smallest possible burden on the private sector. Rather than posting required regulatory impact analyses (RIAs) with interim rules and allowing time for analysis and comment, the White House and its agency heads dictated the rules that would be written, curbed the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) review function, and then simply declared that the interim rules were final.

Read the whole post: Obama Administration Health Care Rule Making Is a Disordered Mess | John Goodman’s Health Policy Blog | NCPA.org.

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If ObamaCare survives the Supreme Court, legal battle has just begun

In the USA Today, Michael Cannon and Jonathan H. Adler write:

Even if the Affordable Care Act survives its first Supreme Court test … the lawsuits won’t end. Citizens have already filed challenges to what critics call the law’s “death panel” and its impact on privacy rights, religious liberty and physician-owned hospitals. Still another potential lawsuit poses as great a threat to the law as the case now before the high court.

Under the guise of implementing the law, the Internal Revenue Service has announced it will impose a tax of up to $3,000 per worker on employers whom Congress has not authorized a tax. To make things more interesting: If the IRS doesn’t impose that unauthorized tax, the whole law could collapse.

Read the whole article: If ObamaCare survives the Supreme Court, legal battle has just begun.

For more, listen to this Cato Institute podcast with Adler:

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