Justice Scalia naively says he expects that the GOP can produce an alternative to Obamacare

The oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court the other day in a case involving a legal challenge to Obamacare was good for one thing, if nothing else: It showed that Justice Antonin Scalia is a real piece of work (to borrow a popular term of a few decades back). The evidence of this arose when Scalia argued that the disastrous consequences of overturning Obamacare could easily be mitigated by Congress. Oh, yeah. Sure they could. This Republican Congress is ready and able to replace Obamacare with its own health-care reforms. And it...

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Surprise! Big Business seems none too eager to see the Supreme Court get rid of Obamacare!

The lords and masters of the right-wing noise machine might be surprised to learn — if they haven’t already noticed — that much of the business community is siding with the Obama administration or otherwise isn’t bothering to involve itself in a Supreme Court case in which the very survival of the Affordable Care Act is at stake. As I see it, this doesn’t bode well for the Republican cause in this matter. There’s more about all of this HERE: We generally think of Big Business and Corporate America aligning...

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Remember that Obamacare “train wreck”? Well, it never really happened

It’s kind of funny how  we don’t hear much chortling from Republican politicians any more about how the Affordable Care Act is “a train wreck.” Oh, there are still some GOPers who haven’t received the memo yet or who figure that their constituents are so clueless that they’ll believe anything negative about President Obama. But the truth of the matter gradually is emerging, as we see HERE: The politics of the health care law have undergone a sea change since its disastrous rollout last fall, when many...

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Will today’s court ruling against Obamacare backfire on Republicans?

At this writing, the big political story of the day is a federal appeals court ruling that says insurance subsidies granted to certain states under terms of the Affordable Care Act are invalid. The decision is widely viewed as potentially fatal to Obamacare, depending on what the Supreme Court says about the matter. But a question arises: Is this all of this good news for Republicans? Brian Beutler has his doubts, as we see HERE: An adverse Supreme Court ruling would throw the ACA into chaos in three dozen states, including huge states like...

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Report: Thanks to Obamacare, federal spending on health care is declining

Don’t tell your right-wing friends about THIS. It will only confuse them. The growth of federal spending on health care will continue to decline as a proportion of the overall economy in the coming decades, in part because of cost controls mandated by President Obama’s health care law, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said on Tuesday. The budget office said in its annual 25-year forecast that federal spending on major health care programs would amount to 8 percent of gross domestic product by 2039, one-tenth of a percentage...

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