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March 19, 2014

In which Ezra Klein, in Vox’s first official piece of content, explains the individual mandate better than anyone ever has before. Seriously, watch this thing and not be excited about Vox.com.

13:39 // 7 months ago
May 29, 2013
So, here’s a quandary. From day one, the GOP’s main argument against ObamaCare (or BaucusCare, as we like to call it) has been that the individual mandate, which requires people above a certain income threshold to purchase health insurance, is unconstitutional. But years later, as it debates immigration reform, Republicans are realizing that allowing uninsured immigrants to stay in the country could be a massive financial drain on the health care system. That confronts the party with an awkward choice: Either accepting that financial drain, or impose an individual mandate on undocumented immigrants. We’re very curious to see how this will play out; will Republicans end up voluntarily defanging their own strongest argument against the Affordable Care Act? source

So, here’s a quandary. From day one, the GOP’s main argument against ObamaCare (or BaucusCare, as we like to call it) has been that the individual mandate, which requires people above a certain income threshold to purchase health insurance, is unconstitutional. But years later, as it debates immigration reform, Republicans are realizing that allowing uninsured immigrants to stay in the country could be a massive financial drain on the health care system. That confronts the party with an awkward choice: Either accepting that financial drain, or impose an individual mandate on undocumented immigrants. We’re very curious to see how this will play out; will Republicans end up voluntarily defanging their own strongest argument against the Affordable Care Act? source

16:38 // 1 year ago
September 19, 2012

Individual mandate to hit 6 million Americans

6M Americans per year will pay a penalty under the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, according to a new CBO estimate

$8B in additional revenue per year will be collected via these penalties source

17:35 // 2 years ago
July 8, 2012
Into his conference call, the CNN producer says (correctly) that the Court has held that the individual mandate cannot be sustained under the Commerce Clause, and (incorrectly) that it therefore ‘looks like’ the mandate has been struck down. The control room asks whether they can ‘go with’ it, and after a pause, he says yes.
SCOTUSblog’s Tom Goldstein • Looking back at what caused the mistaken reporting of the Supreme Court’s Affordable Care Act decision, in a minute-by-minute breakdown. In case you need something very epic to read, here you go — Goldstein’s post, which he claims is his first effort at “real journalism,” is 7,000 freaking words long. Or, you know, longer than the usual article we link. (ht Dave Weigel)
10:51 // 2 years ago
July 2, 2012
The governor has consistently described the mandate as a penalty…[President Obama] insisted publicly and to the members of Congress that the mandate was not a tax. After it passed the Congress, he sent his solicitor general up to court to argue that it was a tax. Now he is back to arguing that it’s not a tax.
Romney senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom • During an interview on MSNBC, saying that President Obama has been the true flip-flopper on how the ACA individual mandate’s penalties should be classified.  Following last week’s Supreme Court ruling on the matter, many conservatives have been quick to call the individual mandate a tremendous tax hike, with Rush Limbaugh going so far as to say it will be “the biggest tax increase in the history of the world.” While that’s since been proven untrue, it’s a bit surprising to see the Romney camp bucking the party-line on this issue, especially since they were falling in line just a few days agosource (viafollow)
15:26 // 2 years ago
June 29, 2012
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President Obama’s “Dewey Defeats Truman” moment. Man, CNN is never going to live this one down (original here; if anyone knows who made this Photoshop, let us know).

UPDATE!!!!! WE HAVE A SOURCE!!!!! This amazing image is the fancywork of Gary He. Here’s how he did it:

After initially saying “I’m trying not to comment on it,” when reached by telephone, He relented and talked a little bit: “I was following the conversation on Twitter and I made a comment about how CNN’s gaffe was this generation’s Dewey Defeats Truman moment,” he said. Lightbulb: On! He threw together the illustration and tweeted it, thinking “maybe I’ll get a few laughs.”His image, posted on Yfrog, has been viewed more than 28,000 times. And it’s not just dominating your Facebook feed: In Salon, Alex Pareene used it as the lead image for a blog post. Marc Ambinder tweeted to He that the White House had seen the image. The New York Times ran the darn thing!

Let’s give Gary some high-fives! (ht Holly Ojalvo) 

shortformblog:

President Obama’s “Dewey Defeats Truman” moment. Man, CNN is never going to live this one down (original here; if anyone knows who made this Photoshop, let us know).

UPDATE!!!!! WE HAVE A SOURCE!!!!! This amazing image is the fancywork of Gary He. Here’s how he did it:

After initially saying “I’m trying not to comment on it,” when reached by telephone, He relented and talked a little bit: “I was following the conversation on Twitter and I made a comment about how CNN’s gaffe was this generation’s Dewey Defeats Truman moment,” he said. Lightbulb: On! He threw together the illustration and tweeted it, thinking “maybe I’ll get a few laughs.”

His image, posted on Yfrog, has been viewed more than 28,000 times. And it’s not just dominating your Facebook feed: In Salon, Alex Pareene used it as the lead image for a blog post. Marc Ambinder tweeted to He that the White House had seen the image. The New York Times ran the darn thing!

Let’s give Gary some high-fives! (ht Holly Ojalvo

22:01 // 2 years ago
June 28, 2012

Romney’s response to the Supreme Court ruling. Key words: ”Obamacare was bad policy yesterday. It’s bad policy today.” He thinks this is a mandate to get Obama out of office.

12:41 // 2 years ago
President Obama’s “Dewey Defeats Truman” moment. Man, CNN is never going to live this one down (original here; if anyone knows who made this Photoshop, let us know).

President Obama’s “Dewey Defeats Truman” moment. Man, CNN is never going to live this one down (original here; if anyone knows who made this Photoshop, let us know).

11:49 // 2 years ago
Our precedent demonstrates that Congress had the power to impose the exaction in Section 5000A under the taxing power, and that Section 5000A need not be read to do more than impose a tax. This is sufficient to sustain it.
The “money quote” from the individual mandate section of the health care decision, according to SCOTUSblog’s Amy Howe.
10:20 // 2 years ago
2:05 // 2 years ago