Wednesday, 23 October, 2019

Rep. Sires Issues Statement on Lawsuit Against Affordable Care Act

Obamacare returns to court creating new uncertainty about health coverage for millions Latest 'Obamacare' Court Battle Plays out in New Orleans
Samantha Long | 10 July, 2019, 17:01

A panel of federal judges in New Orleans sharply questioned attorneys defending the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, increasing the chances that the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals may throw out at least part of the 2010 law, often called Obamacare.

A three-judge appellate panel in New Orleans - composed of judges appointed by presidents Jimmy Carter, George W. Bush, and Trump - heard about 90 minutes of arguments on Tuesday. A host of ACA provisions would be eliminated, including: "protections for people with pre-existing conditions, subsidies to make individual health insurance more affordable, expanded eligibility for Medicaid, coverage of young adults up to age 26 under their parents' insurance policies, coverage of preventive care with no patient cost-sharing, closing of the doughnut hole under Medicare's drug benefit, and a series of tax increases to fund the new benefits".

With Trump's encouragement, Republican lawmakers repeatedly tried to repeal the law, ultimately failing in July 2017 when the late John McCain, the maverick senator from Arizona, made a thumbs-down gesture on the Senate floor.

On Tuesday, attorneys for California and the House of Representatives, which also has joined the suit to defend the law, urged the appellate court to preserve the law, in part because there is no evidence that Congress meant to repeal the whole law when it eliminated the mandate penalty in 2017.

Kyle Hawkins, solicitor general for the Texas attorney general who initiated the lawsuit in February 2018, countered: "I am not in position to psychoanalyze Congress. what Congress intended".

The judges seemed to wrestle with the question at the crux of the ongoing case-can the individual mandate be excised from the law?

That panel is not expected to rule for several months.

A coalition of Democratic state attorneys general led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra stepped into the void to defend the law.

For almost two hours in a New Orleans courtroom, the judges - two Republican appointees and one by Democratic President Jimmy Carter - voiced skepticism about arguments that the individual mandate is now essentially just a toothless government suggestion.

Trump attacks 'foolish' Theresa May and 'wacky' ambassador
Sir Kim was also not attending a meeting between Ivanka Trump and the International Trade Secretary Liam Fox in Washington. The British government confirmed the memos' authenticity and has opened an investigation into the source behind the leak.

In a brief filed with the appeals court, legal scholars from both sides of the fight over the ACA agreed that the Texas lawsuit's underlying claim makes no sense. The law remains in place during appeals. When it does, the case of Texas v.

Pro-ACA groups warned of the peril to consumers if the law were struck down.

Johnson had no specific comment on the lawsuit today, but a spokesperson told NewsChannel 7 he consistently supports maintaining access to affordable coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Later, the Trump administration shifted gears and said it will keep enforcing Obamacare until a court orders it to stop.

At one point, Engelhardt suggested that it was up to Congress to forge a solution to the disputes that have dogged the law since its passage, when Democrats controlled Congress and President Barack Obama was just over a year into his tenure.

"Why does Congress want the ... judiciary to become the taxidermist for every legislative big-game accomplishment that Congress achieves?"

In the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), Congress set the common obligation installment at zero dollars as of January 1, 2019.

Numerous points and counterpoints laid out at the hearing have been part of the case since it began. Now, his core argument is helping power a Republican-led legal challenge that threatens to sweep away the entire law.

"That raises complicated issues, and we are appreciative of the existence of the stay until there's a final ruling", Flentje said. Although the federal government initially said some parts of the ACA might be worth keeping, the Trump administration shifted in March and said it would no longer defend any part of Obamacare in court.

Recommended

Jeremy Corbyn will demand second Brexit referendum Jeremy Corbyn will demand second Brexit referendum Corbyn acknowledged the issue of Brexit had "been divisive in our communities and sometimes in our party too". But Jeremy Corbyn wouldn't say what his party's position would be if they won a general election.

Disney star Cameron Boyce's cause of death requires 'further investigation' Disney star Cameron Boyce's cause of death requires 'further investigation' In addition to acknowledging the pain Cameron's family is feeling, she added , "I'll never have enough words for the pain I feel". Fans have left hundreds of comments on that particular photo , sending love and support to Brar during this hard time.

Game Of Thrones Prequel Has Starks But No Lannisters (Yet) Game Of Thrones Prequel Has Starks But No Lannisters (Yet) The show will once again be an ensemble piece with stars like Naomi Watts , Miranda Richardson , and Denise Gough . George recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly to share some juicy details of the highly-awaited GOT prequel.

Futures Turn Positive After Fed Chief Powell's Remarks Futures Turn Positive After Fed Chief Powell's Remarks Japan's Nikkei had also finished lower and Chinese blue chips barely budged as data showed inflation remained subdued. That in turn has helped the dollar index against a basket of currencies rebound to 97.500 from a June low of 95.843.

NY clears way for release of Trump's state tax returns NY  clears way for release of Trump's state tax returns Citing Section 6103 (f), the committee said it could request any tax information without disclosing why it wants the information. In order for New York State to play a role, an official would have had to file a state return, he said.

U.S. House panel to authorize subpoenas for Trump aides U.S. House panel to authorize subpoenas for Trump aides Asked in the Oval Office about the subpoenas several hours after they were issued, Trump said, 'I don't know anything about it'. The vote would allow Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, a Democrat from NY , to issue the subpoenas at his discretion.

HPV jab for boys raises hope of eradicating cervical cancer HPV jab for boys raises hope of eradicating cervical cancer Similarly, diagnoses of genital warts have declined by 90% in 15 to 17-year-old girls and by 70% in 15 to 17-year-old boys. Boys aged 12 and 13 will be provided the vaccine in secondary schools from the beginning of the next school term.

Official YouTube app goes live on compatible Fire TV devices Official YouTube app goes live on compatible Fire TV devices The new YouTube app will be the default YouTube experience for customers using a compatible Fire TV device, effective immediately. The first evidence that the spat might be resolved came in December 2018 when Amazon began stocking Chromecast products again.

France plans 'eco-tax' on plane tickets from 2020 France plans 'eco-tax' on plane tickets from 2020 But late previous year , it abandoned an attempt to increase taxes on diesel fuel following the " yellow vest " protest movement. France has also proposed an EU-wide eco tariff on airlines, applied as either an extra tax on flights or a levy on airline fuel.

India, NZ semi to resume tomorrow after rain halts play India, NZ semi to resume tomorrow after rain halts play Batting first in Manchester the Black Caps laboured their way to 211 for five before rain halted play in the 47th over. Once the spinners came on there was more turn than expected and New Zealand continued to find it hard to score.

Meghan Markle planning another addition to the Royal Family Meghan Markle planning another addition to the Royal Family The news of Meghan's request comes after she and Harry sparked public anger by keeping baby Archie's christening private. As the Duchess of Sussex , she's put acting on hold to focus on royal duties and philanthropy.

ICE, FBI Use State Driver’s License Photos For Facial-Recognition Scans ICE, FBI Use State Driver’s License Photos For Facial-Recognition Scans Lambek said he didn't know whether the use of the facial recognition technology alone led to any arrests or deportations. This is the first known instance of ICE using facial recognition technology to search state motorist databases.

Ranked Barty ousted at Wimbledon Ranked Barty ousted at Wimbledon The women's world No. 1 player has been sneaking lines from Disney movies into her answers at the tournament's press conferences. Barty's Wimbledon dream ended at the hands of American Alison Riske in the fourth round of the tournament.

Frustrated Konta hits out at 'patronising' questioning after Wimbledon exit Frustrated Konta hits out at 'patronising' questioning after Wimbledon exit I still believe in the tennis that I play. "It sounds insane , it's happening but I can't really believe it", said Strycova. Svitolina was down 4-1 in the opening set but broke back when Muchova served at 5-3 and won the next three games as well.

The Bachelorette Star Jed Wyatt Opens Up About Cheating Accusations The Bachelorette Star Jed Wyatt Opens Up About Cheating Accusations The hometown date certainly was not dry of culture as the group shouts out a German prayer before diving into a Cuban meal. Colton also shared that he thinks Tyler Cameron "has everything" that " The Bachelor " is looking for in a guy.