This weekend on CNN Robert Gibbs, a surrogate for President Obama, said Obama was 100 percent committed to letting the Bush tax cuts expire for those making above $250,000 a year. Given Obama’s track record on his tax related campaign promises, I have a tough time believing his team on this issue, and I’m likely not alone.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday July 5, 2012 9:49 am|
When the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act one political silver lining for Republicans is that the Court effectively declared the individual mandate a tax. The problem for Republicans, though, is that Mitt Romney championed a near identical mandate in Massachusetts. As a result, Republican efforts exploit this tax issue have been extremely awkward.
|By: David Dayen Monday July 2, 2012 12:20 pm|
Mitt Romney’s campaign adviser agreed that the mandate enforcement in the ACA — and MA’s RomneyCare — is a “penalty,” not a “tax,” thus agreeing with the Obama position. Rick Santorum once said Romney would be constrained in how he attacked ObamaCare.
|By: Jon Walker Friday June 29, 2012 12:39 pm|
Roberts declared that the sole reason the individual mandate is constitutional is because it is a tax and Congress has the power to levee taxes.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday June 28, 2012 5:10 pm|
Taking a moment to look at the political implications from today’s Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act I think the best that can be said is that President Obama didn’t lose. The Court did, for the most part, rule in his favor.
|By: David Dayen Thursday June 28, 2012 11:51 am|
Was there a late-game shift in the thinking of the Supreme Court on their Affordable Care Act ruling? That’s certainly the implication from this catch by Brad DeLong. Repeatedly in his opinion, Justice Antonin Scalia refers to Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s concurring opinion as a “dissent.”
|By: Jon Walker Thursday June 28, 2012 8:50 am|
The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, voted to basically uphold the entire Affordable Care Act. The important thing is that the law is constitutional and for the most part will go into effect as planned.
In a surprise move, Chief Justice John Roberts joined the liberal justices in finding that the individual mandate was constitutional, while Anthony Kennedy actually joined the conservatives in concluding the mandate was not constitutional.
|By: David Dayen Thursday June 28, 2012 8:15 am|
This is a complicated ruling, with long-term implications that go well beyond health care. The short version is that the ACA is “upheld,” but that really doesn’t tell the whole story.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday June 28, 2012 5:59 am|
The day has finally arrived. After years of debate, the long wait will soon be over. At around 10 am Eastern time when the Supreme Court speaks we should finally know the fate of the Affordable Care Act. Today is the last day of the Supreme Court’s session which means they should be releasing their decision about Obama’s signature health care law.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday June 27, 2012 1:20 pm|
One school of thought in progressive circles, if the Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act, is that this will afford an opportunity to return to the public with a full-throated call for “Medicare for All,” a single-payer system that would use taxes to fund health coverage for all of the country’s citizens, as is done throughout the world. The idea appears to have some traction at the state level, especially in states like Vermont and California that have already considered the idea.