Donald Trump and His Supporters Are a Cancer on the Body Politic

Since Donald Trump persists in his effort to bring down the Republican party--and the republic itself--through his reprehensible antics and despicable demagoguery, it is necessary to make abundantly clear to all and sundry just how vile Trump is. Fortunately, George Will is up for the job: Every sulfurous belch from the molten interior of the …

Yes Virginia, Jonathan Gruber Was a Key Obamacare Consultant

Peter Suderman has the facts at hand. It is not surprising that Obamacare fans are currently trying to convince the rest of us that Gruber had very little to do with the design and implementation of Obamacare--after all, given the degree to which Gruber has inconvenienced pro-Obamacare forces, it would be positively unnatural if fans …

Why Vote for People Who Think You Are Stupid?

MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, who was the key outside consultant to have helped design and push for Obamacare--come on, you remember him--has decided to reveal to the entire planet just what port-side politicians and wonks think about the masses: "This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO …

Quote of the Day

In the midst of the 2012 reelection campaign, the White House appears to have covered up a story involving a presidential advance team member, a prostitute, and Secret Service agents, allowing the Secret Service to take the fall while denying the involvement of anyone on the advance-team. That’s the takeaway from a damning Washington Post report which finds that, …

The Next Time that Someone Tells You that Obamacare Is Working Just Fine . . .

Introduce them to Peter Suderman's latest: Startup costs associated with the law are higher than expected or previously reported, according to a Bloomberg Government report out last month. Including the price tag for an associated electronic health records program, getting up and running has cost some $73 billion so far, the study estimated. Cancellations of individual …

Jonathan Gruber Accidentally Tells the Truth

One of the chief criticisms of those who did not like the Halbig decision is that Congress could not possibly have intended to restrict federal subsidies for coverage under Obamacare to only those states that established an exchange. Furthermore, by not taking intent into account, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals was creating "an 'absurd' result." It is …

Peter Suderman on the Halbig Case

Earlier coverage of the Halbig case here. As Suderman points out, the challenge to the federal subsidies was entirely plausible and legitimate, and as a bonus, yet another court found that the Obama administration was in the process of breaking the law. As referenced in my earlier post, I know that there are people who …

D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals: Federal Health Care Subsidies are Illegal

The text of the Affordable Care Act informs us--as Peter Suderman points out--that the ability to dole out subsidies are limited to "Exchange established by the State." It should therefore surprise precisely no one to find out that federal subsidies for Obamacare--subsidies which are not organized through "Exchange established by the State"--are illegal according to …

Obamacare, a Disastrous Press Conference, and an Unconstitutional “Fix”

President Obama held a press conference today that addressed--in large part--the utterly calamitous Obamacare rollout. You can read a transcript here. Anyone who might have hoped that this press conference would stop the political bleeding for this administration has to be mortified and sickened right now. Let's excerpt some of the choice presidential quotations that …