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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]

March 30, 2015 • 07:23 pm

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Friday, April 11 2014

In a letter sent this week to all U.S. Senators, a coalition of nearly two-dozen conservative and free-market organizations urged participation on an amicus brief in support of a pending lawsuit by Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) calling for Obamacare to be enforced as written.

As the letter states, "The case in question involves the illegal rule by OPM which extends Obamacare subsidies and other matters to Congressional elected officials and staff in direct contravention of the Obamacare law..."

The text of the letter, which was organized by Americans for Tax Reform, and its signatories can be read below.  Or, you can download the letter here (.pdf).

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April 10, 2014

Dear Senator:

On behalf of the citizen activists we represent, we urge you to add your name to an amicus brief in the case of Johnson v. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).  This amicus brief is open only to Members of Congress and United States Senators.  
 
The case in question involves the illegal rule by OPM which extends Obamacare subsidies and other matters to Congressional elected officials and staff in direct contravention of the Obamacare law as written.
 
The amicus brief makes two main points:
 
The unlawful enhancement of Congressional health benefits at issue here reflects a growing trend of executive lawlessness.  It’s the duty of the President to make sure that laws are faithfully-executed.  When it comes to Obamacare, there have been many breaches of this principle.  The Galen Institute has estimated that there have—to date—been no fewer than 21 executive fiat changes to Obamacare.  It’s Congress’ job to write the laws, and it’s the President’s job to enforce them as written.  If the law isn’t working, it’s the prerogative of Congress—not the President—to change the law.
 
Lawmakers and their staff have standing to challenge the illegal distortion of their health benefits.  The OPM rule harms Congressional Members and staff because it alters the health benefits the law calls for them to have.  This denies them equal treatment under the law, since staff and Members receive OPM subsidies that other Americans cannot get.  Even worse, the impossible situation this creates for staff in particular forces them (very understandably) to be complicit in a conspiracy to violate the law as written.  
 
It’s time that the executive overreaches seen under this Administration be held in check by the courts.  Signing onto Senator Ron Johnson’s amicus brief is one way you can fight back.  We urge you to do so.

Sincerely, 

Grover Norquist, Americans for Tax Reform
Michael A. Needham, Heritage Action for America
David Christensen, Family Research Council
Grace-Marie Turner, Galen Institute
Heather Higgins, Independent Women’s’ Voice
George Landrith, Frontiers of Freedom
David Williams, Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Colin Hanna, Let Freedom Ring
Jim Martin, 60 Plus Association
Phil Kerpen, American Commitment
Timothy Lee, Center for Individual Freedom
Naomi Lopez-Bauman, Illinois Policy Institute
Amy Ridenour, National Center for Public Policy Research
Sabrina Schaeffer, Independent Women’s Forum
Brian Baker, Ending Spending
Gregory T. Angelo, Log Cabin Republicans
Jacob Huebert, Liberty Justice Center
Ken Hoagland, Restore America’s Voice Foundation

 


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