A federal judge in Texas ruled Friday evening that the Affordable Care Act violated the US constitution; setting the stage for a likely showdown at the Supreme Court with two of President Trump’s appointees.
“The surprise decision Friday already has both sides of the debate posturing, with Democrats claiming the ruling is but a hiccup and Republicans suggesting this could be their chance, at last, to abolish the law – which remains largely in place,” writes Fox News.
“The DEDUCTIBLE which comes with ObamaCare is so high that it is practically not even useable! Hurts families badly. We have a chance, working with the Democrats, to deliver great HealthCare! A confirming Supreme Court Decision will lead to GREAT HealthCare results for Americans!” tweeted the president.
The DEDUCTIBLE which comes with ObamaCare is so high that it is practically not even useable! Hurts families badly. We have a chance, working with the Democrats, to deliver great HealthCare! A confirming Supreme Court Decision will lead to GREAT HealthCare results for Americans!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 17, 2018
The Supreme Court upheld Obamacare’s controversial “individual mandate” that Americans purchase health insurance or face a penalty in 2012, with Chief Justice Jon Roberts siding with the court’s liberal members.
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OBAMACARE PLUS? Obama Praises UNIVERSAL BASIC INCOME in Fiery Address
Former President Barack Obama jumped on the liberal bandwagon regarding universal basic income Tuesday; praising the socialist entitlement while delivering a speech in South Africa.
Obama was speaking at the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in Johannesburg this week when he praised the principles of a government mandated income; saying it would help alleviate the plights of those unable to find work or unable to feed their families.
“Populist movements, cynically funded by right-wing billionaires worried about their own interests,” Obama said. “These movements tapped the unease that was felt by so many people who live outside of urban course. That their social status and privileges were eroding … threatened by outsiders, those who don’t look like them or sound like them.”
“It’s not just money a job provides,” Obama added. “It provides dignity and structure and a sense of place and a sense of purpose. So we’re going to have to consider new ways of thinking about these problems, like a universal income, review of our work week, how we retrain our young people, how we make everybody an entrepreneur at some level. But we’re going have to worry about economics if we want to get democracy back on track.”
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BLUE STATE BLUES: New Jersey to REINSTATE OBAMACARE Tax as Prices SPIRAL
Just months after the Trump administration and the GOP-controlled Congress officially ended Obama’s individual mandate requiring all Americans to face a penalty if uninsured, New Jersey is poised to reinstate the tax as healthcare costs spiral out of control.
“Governor Phil Murphy on Wednesday signed the new tax into law that will impose the tax on residents who choose not to purchase ‘qualifying’ health insurance as defined by Obama-era regulations,” writes Americans for Tax Reform.
According to the organization, nearly 80% of New Jersey households impacted by the Obamacare mandate earn under $50,000, directly harming low-income workers throughout the state who are ineligible for other programs, such as Medicaid.
“78% of New Jersey households hit by the Obamacare mandate tax make less than $50,000 per year. According to the IRS, the Obamacare mandate tax hit 188,570 New Jersey families and individuals in the most recent year of available data. 146,910 of these taxpayers made less than $50,000 per year – 78 percent of those impacted by the mandate,” says the report.
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