Supreme Court will decide, again, on Obamacare contraceptive mandate

Supreme Court Justices Elana Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Sonia Sotomayor

The Supreme Court announced that it will hear seven challenges, consolidated into one, of non-profit religious organizations which believe that sending a letter opting out of contraceptive coverage for their employees violates their religious beliefs.

Sixteen months after ruling narrowly that private companies with religious objections cannot be forced to pay for employees’ contraceptives, the high court has been met with a chorus of cries from religious charities, schools and hospitals seeking to get out of the birth control business altogether.
The new challenge asks the justices to overturn federal appeals court decisions that would force the non-profit groups to take action in order to opt out of the requirement, rather than receiving the blanket exclusion granted churches and other solely religious institutions.

On one hand, the court has saved Obamacare from legal destruction twice, in 2012 and again this year. But it ruled last year that closely-held corporations,

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The most popular health plans? Socialist ones.

WASHINGTON, DC - OCT 22, 2009: Health-care reform advocates march in the streets outside of a meeting of America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), an industry trade group.

The latest Republican line about Obamacare, given its success in getting a helluva lot of people health insurance, is that it doesn’t count because it’s government coverage. An example, former House Speaker John Boehner saying “[g]iving people Medicaid insurance is almost like giving them nothing, because you can’t find a doctor that will see Medicaid patients.”
Well look what’s the third most popular healthcare system in the country:

Chart showing popularity of health plans.

That’s the latest Gallup survey on health insurance satisfaction. Veterans and military members give their health care 78 percent approval, Medicare enrollees 77 percent, and Medicaid enrollees 57 percent.

Americans who get their health insurance through government-sponsored or assisted plans, such as Medicare and Medicaid or veterans insurance, are more likely to be satisfied with the way the healthcare system is working for them than those who have employer-paid insurance or who pay for insurance themselves. There may be a number

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Matt Bevin already backing down on pledge to repeal Obamacare

U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin (R-KY) speaks to a gathering at FreePAC Kentucky in Louisville, Kentucky, April 5, 2014.  Picture taken April 5, 2014. The conservative Tea Party movement is supporting Bevin, but they face a tough campaigner in Republican

Governor-elect Matt Bevin

All eyes are on Matt Bevin, the tea party Republican who, of course, has made Obamacare repeal a centerpiece of his various runs for higher office. Now that he’s secured one—the Kentucky governor’s seat—he’s discovered it’s not so easy. That’s exactly what all Republicans have discovered since the Supreme Court burst their bubble and refused to rule the entire law unconstitutional. So Bevin is going to be a case study of what a Republican executive faces when the reality of not being able to keep a promise made to the rabid base kicks in.

Even before the votes were cast, Bevin had started hedging his repeal bet, saying he would not take coverage away from people who have it. He can give the health law in his state a more conservative veneer. But he can’t scrap it completely. […]
That doesn’t mean foes of Obamacare aren’t buoyed

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CDC: Uninsured rate falls to lowest ever

Jumaane Cook (bottom R), age 5, of Cleveland, Ohio stands with his father James Cook (obscured, holding sign at R) as they join Obamacare supporters demonstrating at the Supreme Court building in Washington March 4, 2015. The U.S. Supreme Court will consi

Yep. Obamacare just keeps on not failing.

The new data comes from the National Health Interview Survey, which the CDC and the Census Bureau have been conducting for more than 50 years. The questions have changed over the years, but the answers were always the same: More than 10% of respondents, and sometimes as many as 18% of Americans, have reported that they’ve been uninsured. […]
And as predicted a few months ago, our national uninsured rate will only keep falling as access to health insurance keeps going up. CDC’s data is a good barometer of that momentum. The agency releases new numbers every quarter, and each iteration has shown a steady decline in the uninsured rate, from 12.2% a year ago, to 9.2% earlier this year, and now to 9.0% as of June.

That looks a little like Jeb! Bush’s poll numbers, when you

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Matt Bevin’s hard choice, killing hundreds of Kentuckians or his political future

Kentucky Republican senatorial candidate Matt Bevin arrives at Lexington Airport for a campaign stop in Lexington, Kentucky, May 19, 2014. Bevin has a full day of campaigning scheduled in advance of tomorrow's Republican primary against Senate Minority Le

Republicans see Matt Bevins’ win in Kentucky as an anti-Obamacare mandate, despite the fact that polls have shown that Kentuckians like their own version of it—Kynect—that Bevins promised to undo if elected, and therefore might not have been voting on that issue. That, and the prospect of more than 400,000 people being kicked out of their healthcare, played into why Bevins backpedaled on his initial promises of total repeal as the campaign wore on. But he’s not going to be let off the hook so easily by fellow Republicans.

“(Bevin) is the one who has received the mandate here. We have to do something different,” said Republican state Sen. Ralph Alvarado, a doctor who opposes the Affordable Care Act. “The legislature and the governor need to follow through. It’s clear on what voters are telling us they want to do.”

Some Republicans are insisting on claiming that mandate,

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Has Kentucky Governor-elect Matt Bevin over-promised on Obamacare repeal?

U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin (R-KY) speaks to a gathering at FreePAC Kentucky in Louisville, Kentucky, April 5, 2014.  Picture taken April 5, 2014. The conservative Tea Party movement is supporting Bevin, but they face a tough campaigner in Republican

Extremist Republican Matt Bevin first made waves in a primary against Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell last year by running far to McConnell’s right. Among his promises: Obamacare repeal. That was also one of his messages in this governor’s race. Back in February, he said he would “absolutely” end Medicaid expansion. “No question about it,” he said. “I would reverse that immediately.” But the reality is that more than 400,000 people would be kicked off of Medicaid. Additionally, the state is under contract with the federal government to keep the Medicaid expansion, and Kentucky’s version of it—known as Kynect—is pretty popular in the state. So in recent months, Bevin has softened that stance.

“I plan to use the open enrollment period in 2016 to transition people from the state-level exchange to the federal exchange,” Bevin told the Cincinnati Enquirer last week. “Once all are transitioned, I would shut down the

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Let’s recap hilariously wrong Republican predictions about Obamacare

Cathey Park of Cambridge, Massachusetts shows her cast signed by U.S. President Barack Obama after he spoke about health insurance at Faneuil Hall in Boston October 30, 2013. The writing on the cast reads,

In light of the latest GOP proclamation of Obamacare DOOOM, why don’t we take a look back at a handful of their past predictions, just to remind us how wrong these people constantly are?
John Boehner, 1/6/2011:

When you step back and look at the totality of this, I don’t think it’s ever going to work.

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, 11/13/2013:

In the next 90 days, the Obama administration will have to declare victory and then abandon most of Obamacare. The legislation defies the laws of physics.

Bill Kristol, 11/3/2013:

Obamacare is failing and will fail. And I’m very much looking forward to being on this show [Meet the Press] with [David Axelrod] in January of 2017 when finally all of Obamacare is repealed.”

Rep. Paul Broun, 10/07/2013:

America is going to be destroyed by Obamacare, so whatever deal is put together must at

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