Saturday, July 16, 2016

Obamacare’s Kindest Critic - The New York Times

Barack Obama is his name.  He proposes fixes for the shortcomings of the Affordable Care Act.  One would be to add Supreme Court justices who would reject one of the great betrayals of recent years: Stephen Breyer and Elaine Kagan's votes to strike the provision that compelled states to expand the Medicaid rolls.  
Personally I cringe at every reference to state sovereignty.  In my opinion that ended with the post-Cvil War Amendments.  I think that states should be ompelled to accept the federal government's terms.  For example I would overturn the 1995 U.S. v. Lopez decision in which the Supreme Court declared the drug free school zone act unconstitutional.  It turned states into agents of the federal government they said.  Similarly In the 2000 Supreme Court case United States v. Morrison, a sharply divided Court struck down the VAWA provision allowing women the right to sue their attackers in federal court. By a 5–4 majority, the Court overturned the provision as exceeding the federal government's powers under the Commerce Clause.  - gwc
Obamacare’s Kindest Critic - The New York Times

by the Editorial Board

History will almost surely rank health care reform as one of President Obama’s greatest accomplishments. About 20 million Americans have insurance that might otherwise have been unaffordable, and the law has cost much less than anticipated. But one senior administration official thinks the Affordable Care Act has fallen short. His name: Barack Obama.
Presidents usually wait until their memoirs to review their work. Not, in this case, Mr. Obama, who recently marked the act’s sixth anniversary with an unusual article in The Journal of the American Medical Association. Health care costs are still much too high, he wrote, and 29 million people still lack coverage. He then sketched some ideas for the presumptive presidential nominees. Hillary Clinton is likely to listen, having proposed improvements of her own. Donald Trump, not so much. He has so far adopted the “repeal and replace” position of his party....

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