Tuesday, March 27, 2012

2012 Preview, Affordable Care

California Dreamin'

"The messages in the phone calls and mail pieces targeting voters in one of the Sacramento region's most competitive congressional races vary, but the subject is the same: the future of Medicare.  The national debate over the federal health care program for seniors is expected to be a top issue in elections across the country.  The efforts already are fierce in the 7th Congressional District, a high-stakes rematch between Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Gold River, and Elk Grove Democrat Ami Bera."

In Court

"On opening day in the health care cases, the Supreme Court justices made clear they would not let common sense get in the way of making constitutional history."  [Transcript available]

"In a little-noticed exchange Monday, conservative Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts may have tipped his hand that he’s entertaining the possibility that the health care law’s individual mandate can be upheld on a constitutional basis that’s different from the one supporters and opponents have made central to their arguments."

"The justices appeared broadly skeptical that the law’s fine imposed on Americans who fail to carry health insurance qualifies as a 'tax.'"

Etch-A-Sketch Saga

For Your Information

"Aides to Lyndon B. Johnson, daughter Luci Baines Johnson Turpin, biographer Robert Caro and former Sens. George McGovern and Walter Mondale uniformly described the 36th president as a man who relished nothing so much as rolling up his sleeves and working with Congress to get things done.  Johnson did it to win passage of the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, fair-housing laws and Medicare.  Indeed, in most of the Great Society measures, Republicans voted 'yea' in higher percentages than Democrats.  Despite Dem majorities in both houses, the measures mostly would have failed without GOP votes."


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