Striking Down ObamaCare Subsidies in Some States Would End Individual, Employer Mandates
There are many ways to skin a cat, the saying goes, and there may be more than one way to frame the Supreme Court striking down the IRS’ lawless extension of ObamaCare subsidies to an estimated 5 to 6 million Americans.
If the Court invalidates the subsidies for people living in states without a state-run ObamaCare exchange – as a plain reading of the law requires – then the consequences will have a ripple effect.
“For instance,” columnist Philip Klein explains, “ObamaCare’s fines against employers that do not offer health insurance coverage are triggered when a worker claims government subsidies to purchase insurance on an exchange – but in states where workers can no longer legally receive those subsidies, then there are no fines. The employer mandate, thus, is effectively…[more]
For the next few days, political chatter is going to be focused largely on the U.S. Congress. Don’t get used to that.
For one thing, the strong probability that Republicans will take over the U.S. Senate in this year’s midterm elections means that Barack Obama will likely spend his last two years in office with a Capitol Hill controlled entirely by his adversaries.
If past is prologue, that means we should expect two years of the White House trying to govern almost entirely by executive fiat. It’s likely immigration will be the first front on which that fight breaks out —…
"A week after his State of the Union address, political observers are still trying to figure out what President Obama's game is. That's because rhetorically and substantively, he seems to be in another world. ...Three explanations dominate speculation about what Obama is up to. The first is that he's trying to lay the groundwork for his successor, presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton. The second is…[more]
—Jonah Goldberg, National Review Online Editor-at-Large
— Jonah Goldberg, National Review Online Editor-at-Large