Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Obamacare - #3762 - Court Skeptical of Tax Argument on Mandate? - Hot Air (2) Transcript and Audio of Monday, March 26th Healthcare - Supreme Court Arguments - Politico (3) VIDEO: Barack vs. Barack: Group Uses President's Words Against Him in Viral Obamacare Video - The Blaze

Court Skeptical of Tax Argument on Mandate? - And not just the conservative justices, either — and that spells trouble for Barack Obama and his defense of ObamaCare. Philip Klein reports from the arguments being made at the Supreme Court today on the health-care reform plan, and the main argument for the constitutionality of its core individual mandate came under attack from the liberal wing of the court:  On the first day of oral arguments in the case challenging President Obama’s national health care law, justices seemed skeptical that the individual mandate should be considered a tax — one of the main consitutional defenses being offered for the law.  To be clear, today’s 90 minutes of oral arguments did not concern the underlying merits of the case, but whether an 1876 law called the Anti-Injunction Act bars the Court from ruling on the suit at this time. Under the Anti-Injunction Act, people cannot challenge a tax in court until after they have paid it, something that would effectively punt the issue until at least 2015. However, there is some overlap between this question and the idea of whether the mandate is a tax, and justices on both sides of the ideological fence expressed skepticism that the mandate should be treated as a tax.  Read more........

Transcript & Audio: Healthcare Supreme Court Arguments - Here is the transcript from the first day in oral arguments on the Affordable Care Act, as released this afternoon by the Supreme Court: IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES 3 CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: We will hear argument this morning in Case Number 11-398, Department 5 of Health and Human Services v. Florida. 6. Mr. Long. 7. ORAL ARGUMENT OF ROBERT A. LONG 8. ON BEHALF OF THE COURT-APPOINTED AMICUS CURIAE 9. MR. LONG: Mr. Chief Justice, and may it 10. please the Court: 11. The Anti-Injunction Act imposes a pay first, 12. litigate later rule that is central to Federal tax 13. assessment and collection. The Act applies to 14. essentially every tax penalty in the Internal Revenue 15. Code. There is no reason to think that Congress made a 16. special exception for the penalty imposed by section 17. 5000A. On the contrary, there are three reasons to 18. conclude that the Anti-Injunction Act applies here. 19. First, Congress directed that the section 20. 5000A penalty shall be assessed and collected in the 21. same manner as taxes. Second, Congress provided that  22. penalties are included in taxes for assessment purposes. 23. And third, the section 5000A penalty bears the ke24 indicia of a tax.  Link to Audio and Read more........

THIS VIDEO IS PRICELESS -  SHOWS OBAMA TAKING BOTH SIDES OF THE HEALTHCARE DEBATE.  PLEASE WATCH.  

Barack vs. Barack - Group Uses President's Words Against Him in Viral Obamacare Video - Hot Air - As protesters rally outside the Supreme Court while justices listen to high-toned arguments on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, one group is hoping the president’s own words will help the case against the law. At least his words before he was president. The central dispute over the law is a provision that requires individuals to have health insurance by 2014 or pay a penalty. American Crossroads, a 527 organization advised by Karl Rove, has released a new video showing that Barack Obama himself has not always supported the individual mandate at the center of his controversial health care reform plan: This comes as former DNC Chairman Howard Dean appeared on CBS Monday morning where he made the claim some liberals might find stunning: he admitted he thinks the Supreme Court will likely declare the individual mandate unconstitutional. Dean went on to explain that he believes the court will strike down the mandate, not the entire law, but that the law can still be successful without the mandate:  Read more........

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