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Whole Foods CEO: ObamaCare Is Like Fascism

But ThinkProgress writer begs to differ with John Mackey

(Newser) - Thought Whole Foods founder John Mackey would be an Obama-loving liberal? Not so much. The self-described libertarian, who has compared ObamaCare to socialism in the past, now says "it's more like fascism." The quote comes from a new interview with NPR , and continues: "Socialism is where... More »

Romney a Fan of ... Israel's Socialized Health Care

Mitt praises health care system at fundraiser

(Newser) - Mitt Romney simply cannot wait to repeal ObamaCare, but he is a fan of Israel's health care system … which has been socialized since its founding in 1948, BuzzFeed points out. During his visit to the country, Romney today praised Israel for spending so little on health care: "... More »

Medicaid Expansion Could Save Lives

Lower death rates associated with expansions in 3 states

(Newser) - As states decide whether to expand Medicaid by 2014 under ObamaCare, a new study could give them a compelling reason to do so: Harvard researchers found that fewer people died in states that expanded their programs. The study looked at data from New York, Maine, and Arizona, all of which... More »

House Has Voted to Repeal ObamaCare 30 Times

And No. 31 is on deck this week

(Newser) - House Republicans have voted 30 times in the past year and a half to repeal, defund, or otherwise squash ObamaCare, with the first attempt coming just two weeks after they took control of the House last year. This week, in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision on the... More »

Romney's ObamaCare Gaffe Could Cost Him the Election

This could be Romney's dumbest move yet: 'Wall Street Journal'

(Newser) - In a scathing editorial today, the Wall Street Journal declares that this week will be seen as "a turning point" if Mitt Romney is not elected president in the fall. Why? Because on Monday, a close adviser said that Romney, at odds with the GOP, does not consider ObamaCare'... More »

Fight's Not Over Yet: More Challenges for ObamaCare

Law must still survive the election

(Newser) - The Affordable Care Act has survived the Supreme Court —without question a victory for President Obama—but that doesn't mean it's a breeze from here on out. Some of the challenges facing ObamaCare, from the Washington Post and the New York Times :
  • The election: Mitt Romney has
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ObamaCare Can Survive Without the Mandate

But will Democrats stand by it, Steve Kornacki wonders

(Newser) - A ruling on ObamaCare is now expected Thursday , and the most widely anticipated outcome is that most of the law will be upheld but the individual mandate will be struck down. Though "conventional wisdom holds that the law is as good as dead" if that happens, writes Steve Kornacki... More »

Annoyed Judge Wants DOJ to Refute Obama

'Unelected judges' comment seen as challenge to authority

(Newser) - When President Obama said that "unelected" justices shouldn't overturn ObamaCare , he apparently offended a federal appeals court judge in Houston. Yesterday, during oral arguments on a separate challenge of the health care law, Judge Jerry Smith asked a Justice Department attorney to submit a three-page, single-spaced letter specifically... More »

Go Ahead, Supporters, It's 'ObamaCare'

Campaign is cool with term designed as insult

(Newser) - At first, there was an unofficial ban among supporters of President Obama's health care overhaul on referring to it as "ObamaCare." But, as of last Friday, the ban was no more: An email to supporters proclaimed, "Happy birthday ObamaCare," and declared "ObamaCare … something... More »

As Day 3 Dawns, Where the Battle for ObamaCare Stands

Supreme Court could well strike down controversial law

(Newser) - Yesterday's oral arguments in front of the Supreme Court went well for opponents of President Obama's health care law. "The government had in my view as bad a day as it reasonably could," the founder of SCOTUSblog says. "It won't cause the government to... More »

Day 2: SCOTUS Weighs Individual Mandate

Supreme Court will hear arguments on health care law's individual mandate

(Newser) - Today's the big day: The Supreme Court will hear arguments on the focal point of the challenge to President Obama's health care law, the individual mandate. If the mandate is upheld, everyone in the US will be required to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty; it's... More »

Day 1 of ObamaCare Hearings Done

Supreme Court will likely not delay a decision until 2015

(Newser) - The first day of Supreme Court hearings on President Obama's controversial health care law is over, and it appears the justices will not be putting off a decision until 2015 . If the justices deemed the penalty for not purchasing insurance to be a tax, then an obscure 1867 law... More »

As ObamaCare Hearings Begin, 5 Things to Watch

Today's the day at the Supreme Court

(Newser) - The Supreme Court will hear three days of arguments on the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law starting today, and Politico offers up five things to keep an eye on:
  • Do politics enter the discussion? It will be difficult for the justices to ignore the political debate that
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67% Oppose Health Law's Individual Mandate

Majority of Americans want it tossed out by Supreme Court

(Newser) - As the Supreme Court prepares to open hearings on the constitutionality of the federal health care law next week, a new poll finds that Americans oppose the law 52% to 41%. And an even higher percentage—67%—want the court to either throw out the entire Affordable Care Act, or... More »

US Health Care Tab to Hit $4.6T in 2020

Innovation, aging society main causes of soaring costs

(Newser) - Doom, meet gloom: The nation's health care tab is on track to hit $4.6 trillion in 2020, accounting for about $1 of every $5 in the economy, government number crunchers estimate in a report out today. How much does that work out to per person? Including government and... More »

Fla. Judge: Obamacare Is Unconstitutional

Federal court sides with 26 states

(Newser) - A federal judge in Florida says the Obama administration's health overhaul is unconstitutional, siding with 26 states that had sued to block it. US District Judge Roger Vinson today accepted without trial the states' argument that the new law violates people's rights by forcing them to buy health insurance by... More »

Pawlenty Tells Agencies to Shun Funds on Obamacare

Pledges to 'slow down' law where he can

(Newser) - Tim Pawlenty is using the power of the governor's office to stake a claim against President Obama's health care overhaul—and get a leg up on other 2012 presidential aspirants. Pawlenty today forbid state agencies in Minnesota from applying for grant money available under the legislation, including a sex-education program,... More »

Obama Unveils $950B Health Care Bill

Merged proposal mostly follows Senate outline

(Newser) - Barack Obama today revealed the health care proposal he’ll be taking into bipartisan meetings this week, a $950 billion bill that hews closer to the Senate’s model than the House’s. The plan seeks to resolve some of the contentious issues between the two bills, cutting, for example,... More »

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