Congressional Democrats vowed to fight a recent federal court ruling that claimed the Affordable Care Act was “entirely” unconstitutional this week; pledging to take the decision to the United States Supreme Court if necessary.
“Outraged Democrats vowed to appeal a federal judge’s ruling that could undo the US health care law known as Obamacare, saying on Saturday that they will use their new power in Congress to hold Republicans responsible and ‘expose their lies,’” writes Yahoo News.
Schumer slammed the ruling on social media, posting “Democrats are going to fight tooth and nail to overturn this awful decision that would end health care protections for tens of millions of American families. @SenateDems will push Republicans to vote on whether to join us in intervening in this case to overturn the decision.”
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) December 16, 2018
The judge’s decision will likely end up at the Supreme Court now including two of President Trump’s judicial appointees: Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
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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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