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]
Opponents of charter schools have claimed that these schools are "cherry-picking" the students they admit, and that this explains why many charter schools get better educational results with less money than public schools do.
Many controversies about how students should be admitted to educational institutions, especially those supported by the taxpayers, betray a fundamental confusion about what these institutions are there for. This applies to both schools and colleges.
Admitting students strictly on the basis of their academic qualifications, which might seem to be common sense, is…
"The tragedy of the discussion around 'school choice' in America is the hidden presumption that 'school choice' doesn't exist already. But it does -- for the privileged. This is not only a matter of the privileged being able to afford private schools, but also the fact that, through the public school catchment system, the real estate market is really the market for schools. Every family in America…[more]
—Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, Ethics and Public Policy Center Fellow
— Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, Ethics and Public Policy Center Fellow