Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Obamacare - #3674 - Will The Supreme Court Punt to 2014 on Obamacare? - Hot Air (2) Over 2,500 Faith Leaders Sign Letter Asking Obama to Uphold Religious Freedom - The Blaze (3) Panelists Says Government is Forcing Church to Change Doctrine - Citizen Link (4) British Minister Seeking to Reform Nationalized Healthcare Ambushed by 'Left-Wing' Activists (5) Heritage Files Brief with Supreme Court on What Congress Did Wrong in Obamacare - Heritage Foundation

In a series of unusual moves, the Supreme Court announced that it would extend oral arguments on the lawsuits against ObamaCare to six hours, extending the record for the length of time dedicated to a case in modern court history. The court also appointed two outside attorneys to debate a question that neither Republicans or Democrats want to raise, and it might provide the justices with an avenue to punt on the merits of ObamaCare for another two years: The court will now spend an hour and a half determining whether it can make a ruling before the mandate takes effect in 2014. A separate federal law, known as the Anti-Injunction Act, bars lawsuits over new taxes until those taxes have taken effect. The states, NFIB and the Obama administration all say the Anti-Injunction Act should not stop the court from ruling on the healthcare mandate. But in part because a lower court cited the law, the justices have to consider it. The court will hear from a third-party attorney for 40 minutes and the Justice Department for 30 minutes. NFIB and the states will get 20 minutes. TPM DC’s Sahil Kapur notes that this could just be due diligence — or a way to get off the hook for a ruling on the core issues for another two years:  Read more.......

Over 2,500 Faith Leaders Sign Letter Asking Obama to Uphold Religious Freedom - The Blaze - The last problem any candidate needs just months out from a tough presidential campaign season is to find him or herself embroiled in an epic war with people of faith. But in the first two months of 2012, this is exactly what President Barack Obama is facing. As the days progress, the rhetoric against his administration’s contraceptive mandate — particularly among religious leaders and communities — continues to intensify. On Monday, evangelical pastors joined Roman Catholic clergy in an effort to rail against the policy. Read more......

Panelists Says Government is Forcing Churches to Change Doctrine - Citizen Link - The U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) committee held a hearing Thursday to determine whether the Obama administration is trampling on religious freedom in its zeal to offer all women free contraceptives.  At the hearing, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., 11 panelists from diverse faith backgrounds — including one agnostic — said the answer to that question is unequivocally yes.  Read more.........



British Minister Seeking to Reform Nationalized Healthcare Ambushed by 'Left-Wing' Activists - The Blaze - This is what it looks like when a country labors for years under the weight of nationalized healthcare, realizes that it’s financially unsustainable, and then tries to implement meaningful reforms.  Many of those on the receiving end of “free” healthcare won’t like it. Not one bit. Just ask Britain’s Health Secretary Andrew Lansley who, in the words of the Daily Mail, was “ambushed by a Left-wing activist” early Monday morning.  Read more........

Heritage Files Brief with Supreme Court on What Congress Did Wrong in Obamacare - Heritage Foundation - The Heritage Foundation joined an amicus brief filed in the Supreme Court this week that explains why the procedural abuses that led to the passage of Obamacare and the lack of any meaningful congressional debate over its unconstitutional provisions support the High Court’s duty to strike down the law.  Read more..........

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