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SCOTUS upholds Obamacare (again)
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: April 27, 2020 03:08PM
On Monday, the Supreme Court voted 8-1 to reject a Republican effort to sabotage parts of the Affordable Care Act. The upshot of this decision is that health insurers will receive payments owed to them under Obamacare’s “risk corridor” program.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s majority opinion in Maine Community Health Options v. United States, relies on “a principle as old as the Nation itself,” according to the opinion. That principle: “The Government should honor its obligations.”

The vote in Maine Community was not close. Eight justices joined all or nearly all of Sotomayor’s opinion, leaving Justice Samuel Alito in a lonely dissent.



“No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong.”
-- François de La Rochefoucauld
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Re: SCOTUS upholds Obamacare (again)
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: April 27, 2020 03:11PM
It will be greatly improved under President Biden.
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Re: SCOTUS upholds Obamacare (again)
Posted by: vision63
Date: April 27, 2020 03:18PM
Thank God
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Re: SCOTUS upholds Obamacare (again)
Posted by: space-time
Date: April 27, 2020 03:42PM
8:1, wow

Trump must be mad
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Re: SCOTUS upholds Obamacare (again)
Posted by: davester
Date: April 27, 2020 03:46PM
"FAKE SCOTUS!"



"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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Re: SCOTUS upholds Obamacare (again)
Posted by: Lemon Drop
Date: April 27, 2020 03:52PM
Major political defeat for Marco Rubio and congressional Republicans.

Good rundown on the case and the broader implications for the ACA here:

[www.vox.com]
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Re: SCOTUS upholds Obamacare (again)
Posted by: Acer
Date: April 27, 2020 03:59PM
"Justice Samuel Alito, said the decision provides 'a massive bailout for insurance companies that took a calculated risk and lost.'"

Hmm. "Massive bailout"...which original coined that term? Henry? Franklin? Madison? Dolly Madison?

Remember this decision when the Republicans claim that the Social Security surplus that was stashed in government bonds is "gone."
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Re: SCOTUS upholds Obamacare (again)
Posted by: Speedy
Date: April 28, 2020 04:06AM
From the Vox article:

“The big test of whether the judicial Obamacare wars are coming to a close, however, will come when the Supreme Court hears California v. Texas next fall. That case asks the courts to repeal Obamacare under a legal theory that is rejected even by many leading conservative scholars and other opponents of the Affordable Care Act.

If the justices approach the California case with the same wholly legal approach they took in the Maine Community case, this latest attack on Obamacare will also be rejected by a lopsided vote.“

That’s the individual mandate case.



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: SCOTUS upholds Obamacare (again)
Posted by: RgrF
Date: April 28, 2020 05:28PM
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space-time
8:1, wow

Trump must be mad

He is; in every meaning of the word.
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