Supreme Court Declines Challenge to ObamaCare’s IPAB
The Obama administration got a rare piece of good news today when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to overturn a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision upholding part of ObamaCare.
The case, Coons v. Lew, is an Arizona-based challenge to the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), the 15-member group of experts empowered to reduce Medicare spending below a certain threshold.
In declining the plaintiffs’ appeal, the Supremes did not in any way indicate that this case is without merit. Rather, it may have been filed too early. Courts are typically loathe to strike down parts of laws that have yet to go into effect. IPAB won’t be making any decisions until 2019 at the earliest.
As usual, the issue is whether IPAB is constitutional. “Its decisions cannot be overridden…[more]
With complete control of Congress, Republicans can now force President Barack Obama and his liberal allies to embrace the regulations they like, but would rather not talk about.
The method of choice is the seldom-used Congressional Review Act (CRA). Passed in 1996, the CRA gives Congress the opportunity to disapprove of federal agency rules. It authorizes a fast-track process to quickly put a halt on regulations before they go into effect.
The CRA has been used successfully only one time – in 2001 when a leftover Clinton administration ergonomics rule was disapproved by a Republican…
"Since President Obama took office, The Wall Street Journal reports, employees of Google 'have visited the White House for meetings with senior officials about 230 times, or an average of roughly once a week.' Google's top lobbyist had more than 60 meetings at the White House. That's more meetings than most of Mr. Obama's Cabinet members. ...Perhaps Google should just change its name to Obamoogle,…[more]
—Tammy Bruce, Radio Host, Author and Political Commentator
— Tammy Bruce, Radio Host, Author and Political Commentator