Friday, June 12, 2015

Obamacare, SCOTUS, King v. Burwell, and Public Opinion


The first several weeks of June have begun with controversy from examining the implications of Obamacare.

President Obama's Supreme Court Remarks Set Him Apart
Jess Bravin
The Wall Street Journal, 6/10/15

“‘It’s not unheard of for presidents to take positions on cases before they are decided, but what makes Obama’s remarks stand out is that they are bolder and more extensive than what most presidents have said in the past,’ said Paul Collins, a political scientist at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.”

The Legality of Executive Action after King v. Burwell

Josh Blackman
The Federalist Society, 6/8/15

The Federalist Society explains that after the Supreme Court rules on King v. Burwell, there are two possible approaches the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) could take in order to continue the payment of subsidies in some or all of the 34 states using the federal exchanges.

New State Datas Shows the Real Story Behind King v. Burwell
Nina Owcharenko
The Daily Signal, 6/8/15

“Every day there seems to be another article focused on how many individuals might lose their subsidies if the Supreme Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs in the King v. Burwell case. Yet, an even bigger group of individuals harmed by Obamacare has an equally good claim for relief that hasn’t gotten as much attention—the people who, thanks to Obamacare, must pay more for health insurance but who never got subsidies.”

States and Congress Urged to Act if Justices Rule Against Health Law
Robert Pear
The New York Times, 6/10/15

“The Obama administration’s top health care official said Wednesday that if the Supreme Court stopped the payment of health insurance subsidies to millions of Americans, it would be up to Congress and state officials to devise a solution.” 

Obamacare Is Proof That We Need Choices and Affordability
Grace-Marie Turner
The New York Times, Room for Debate, 6/11/15

“The Affordable Care Act has proved the need for health reform, but it also has proved the need for significant changes to the law to reflect Americans’ demand for more choices of more affordable health coverage.” 

Hitting the Wall: When Health Care Costs are No Longer Manageable 

Tevi D. Troy and D. Mark Wilson
American Health Policy Institute, 6/2/15

AHPI’s “Hitting the Wall” study examines the changes coming to both government health insurance programs and employer-sponsored health insurance plans and the challenges that lie ahead.



Taking the Pulse: Public Opinion on King v. Burwell and the ACA

American Enterprise Institute, 6/10/15

"Most Americans have not been paying close attention to King v. Burwell. A majority continue to say that the Affordable Care Act has not had an effect on them or their family, although the proportion that believes it has hurt and, separately, helped has risen. Views of the ACA remain more negative than positive."

Poll Marks a Love/Hate View of the Affordable Care Act 

ABC/Washington Post, 6/8/15

"Overall, just 39 percent support the law, down 10 percentage points in a little more than a year to match the record low from three years ago as the Supreme Court debated the constitutionality of the individual mandate. A majority, 54 percent, opposes Obamacare, a scant 3 points shy of the high in late 2013 after the botched rollout of"

Thanks to :

Galen Institute
P.O. Box 320010
Alexandria, VA 22320 

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