The Republican-controlled House of Representatives plans to “defund” the implementation of the Affordable Care Act as part of their efforts to repeal the health reform law, even as Members of Congress retain these very health benefits and rights for themselves, courtesy of the American taxpayers.
A federal judge in Pensacola ruled Monday that the federal health care law is unconstitutional, likely setting up a final decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson became the second judge to declare the Obama administration’s health care law unconstitutional, ruling in favor of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and 25 other attorneys general.
The GOP’s effort to outright repeal the health care law this week may be symbolic or just for show, but at least they’ve given their legislative push a catchy name: “Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act.”
Moments after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed in Congress and signed into law by President Obama, Attorney General Bill McCollum announced he was suing the federal government, claiming it’s unconstitutional to require a state’s citizens to buy health insurance. On Thursday, a Pensacola judge began hearing arguments on the lawsuit filed by Florida, as plaintiff, and 19 other states, almost all of which also have Republican attorney generals and/or governors leading the way.
Even as a federal court in Virginia on Monday struck down a provision of the health care law, saying it is unconstitutional, Judge Hudson refused to stop implementation of the law during the appeals process. While the White House disagreed with the ruling, it pointed out that the ruling was one of many rulings–12 of which had been dismissed by federal district judges, while in two other cases, strongly upheld the law.
As Americans go to the polls today, their votes will influence a number of issues, whether it be the foreclosure scandal or implementation of financial regulation and healthcare reform. According to a piece in today’s New York Times, if the predictions are correct and Republicans gain more control in Congress, elections will likely leave the financial industry in a much stronger position and blunt the effect of the financial reform bill:
A mid-October AP-GfK poll asked respondents what they would prefer Congress to do about the new health care law. Contrary to the conservative story line, 57 percent wanted to either leave the law as is (18 percent) or change it so it does more to change the health care system (39 percent). On the other side, 41 percent wanted the law changed so that it does less to change the health care system (9 percent) or completely repealed (32 percent).
The three leading contenders in the race for U.S. Senate squared off on Tuesday night in a wide-ranging television debate, with Democrat Kendrick and independent Charlie Crist taking turns hammering Republican and Tea Party favorite Marco Rubio on his extreme right-wing policy positions.
The Affordable Care Act passed by Congress, makes significant advances for minorities health coverage, quality of care, and access to health care services. The repeal of this Act by the Republicans represents a devastating roll-back of much-needed changes to the nation’s health care system, a new study reveals.