Archive for June, 2012

Millions of poo…

June 30, 2012

Millions of poor people could be left without med insurance under health care law if states decide not to expand Medicaid programs. Republicans in more than a half-dozen states said they opposed expanding Medicaid, even though the federal government would pick up all the costs in the first few years & at least 90% of the expenses after that. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/30/us/politics/some-states-reluctant-over-medicaid-expansion.html?smid=fb-share

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Can Corporate V…

June 30, 2012

Can Corporate Values Drive Shareholder Value? Balancing profit with a social conscience, featuring Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.

http://www.aspenideas.org/session/can-corporate-values-drive-shareholder-value-starbucks-ceo-howard-schultz

Did Justice Roberts plant booby traps in health care decision?

June 30, 2012

The “tax, yes/Commerce Clause, no” decision [in Robert’s health care ruling] is nothing to necessarily celebrate. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, joined by Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, wrote separately, arguing against Chief Justice John Roberts’s opinion: “The Chief Justice’s crabbed reading of the Commerce Clause harks back to the era in which the Court routinely thwarted Congress’ efforts to regulate the national economy in the interest of those who labor to sustain it.” Did, in fact, Roberts lay the groundwork for “gutting the Commerce Clause,” as Tom Scocca writes in Slate? [http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/scocca/2012/06/roberts_health_care_opinion_commerce_clause_the_real_reason_the_chief_justice_upheld_obamacare_.html]

“But the health care law was, ultimately, a pretext. This was a test case for the long-standing—but previously fringe—campaign to rewrite Congress’ regulatory powers under the Commerce Clause…

“By ruling that the individual mandate was permissible as a tax, he joined the Democratic appointees to uphold the law—while joining the Republican wing to gut the Commerce Clause…”

Health Care Ruling Not Worthy of General Jubilation

June 29, 2012

The general jubilation among liberals over Justice Roberts’s ruling makes some progressives shudder. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, writing in her lengthy dissent puts it this way:

THE CHIEF JUSTICE’s crabbed reading of the Commerce Clause harks back to the era in which the Court routinely thwarted Congress’ efforts to regulate the national economy in the interest of those who labor to sustain it.

There are booby traps in the Court’s Commerce Clause reading. Those traps are baited and ready for tripping in the Medicaid part of the ruling.

http://www.thenation.com/blog/168664/justice-robertss-decision-not-cheering#

Congressional Anti-bulling caucus

June 29, 2012

Members of Congress launch anti-bullying caucus

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers led by Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) launched an anti-bullying caucus that aims to draw attention to LGBT youth & others who experience harassment.

http://www.washingtonblade.com/2012/06/29/members-of-congress-launch-anti-bullying-caucus/

Health Care Dissent. Romney agrees with dissent. Dissent tosses out entire law.

June 29, 2012

Health Care Dissent. Romney agrees with dissent. Dissent tosses out entire law.

http://huff.to/LTuYCe

Sick of the Slant – A Fair Look at the News of the Day

June 29, 2012

Sick of the Slant – A Fair Look at the News of the Day.

Obama obviously did not push the Affordable Heath Act “because it was good politics.” Look at what happened in the Congressional election in 2010. Obama acted on principles, not politics. I’m so happy that the Supreme Court upheld the law as being constitutional.

The man used every cent of his political capital to help this country. He put his entire presidency on the line.

He was right.

His first words today weren’t “I won”, his first words were, “America won”.

 

Reid calls Paul…

June 29, 2012

Reid calls Paul abortion measure ‘ridiculous’ – The Maddow Blog

Harry Reid calls Rand Paul’s abortion measure (for the District of Columbia) ’ridiculous’. 

http:/http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/26/12421792-reid-calls-paul-abortion-measure-ridiculous?lite#.T-3D4G1COSg.twitter

Sen. Rand Paul:…

June 29, 2012

Sen. Rand Paul: ObamaCare Isn’t Constitutional ‘Just Because A Couple People On The Supreme Court’ Say So

What?? Senator Rand Paul says a few men in black robes can’t decide on the Constitution. Wonder if he was home-schooled, because he sure doesn’t know about the three branches of Government.

Sen. Rand Paul: ObamaCare Isn’t Constitutional ‘Just Because A Couple People On The Supreme Court’ Say So

Republican Cong…

June 29, 2012

Republican Congressman Admits GOP Has ‘No’ Plan To Replace Obamacare | ThinkProgress

http://thkpr.gs/NWXtkF


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