Daily Topics - Thursday June 28th, 2012
Catch The Thom Hartmann Program LIVE at our new time, 3-6pm Eastern!
Hour One: What SCOTUS means to ObamaCare - Dave Lyle, Media Matters for America / Plus, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
Hour Two: Ronald Reagan's toxic policies live on in Antonin Scalia / Plus, Geeky Science Rocks - counting on your fingers may affect how your brain works
Hour Three: SCOTUS rules on Obamacare - Congressman Ted Deutch, (D-FL)
Some lessons to be learned from the ACA decision. Oral arguments are usually irrelevant. The Justices base decisions primarily on written law and precedent. The commerce clause was not the major factor in the lower courts. Roberts decision was in keeping with the Arizona decision ealier in the week where the Court held that only Congress can regulate immigration. Now, they say that Congress can, under Article I and other provisions, regulate health care if there is a national interest. Roberts decision going back to MC'culloch in 1819, was actually a conservative opinion. He found a loophole in the taxing provision but his legacy was at stake. The pundits failed to read the various decisions of the lower court. Laurence Tribe of Harvard, one of the giants in constitutional law, who taught both Obama and Roberts, predicted a 6-3 decision in favor of the ACA. I was also a classmate of Mitt Romney's in the sixties for two years. Every sentence, and I quote another, he says is a lie, including "and" and "the". Kennedy has been a Federalist in most cases but not this one.
So I'm wondering, if someone doesn't get health insurance and ends up paying the tax penalty yearly, are they covered? or do they just end up paying the penalty and get nothing more than emergency room service as the uninsured have been getting?
Also wondering how does this make Insurance companies provide afforable health insurance?