Category: Health Reform

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The Founders’ ‘Musket Mandate’

Painting of President George Washington reviewing militia troops sent to put down the Whiskey Rebellion in Western Pennsylvania in 1794.

Exclusive: The negative tone of the Republicans on the U.S. Supreme Court suggests that the Affordable Care Act, with its individual mandate to buy health insurance, may be overturned as “unconstitutional” by a partisan 5-4 vote. But key Founders had a…

If the Supreme Court Goes Rogue

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts

Exclusive: George Washington and James Madison, two key Framers of the Constitution, saw nothing wrong with issuing mandates to citizens (to buy muskets for a militia), but today’s Republican majority on the Supreme Court seems set on going rogue and rewriting…

When Is a Hack a Hack?

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Exclusive: Ronald Reagan’s Solicitor General Charles Fried sees “politics, politics, politics” at play in the apparent move by the Supreme Court’s Republican majority to kill health-care reform, but the Washington Post’s neocon editors say it’s unfair to call any of…

A Judicial War on Democracy

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

Exclusive: Comments on the U.S. Supreme Court’s three-day debate over the Affordable Care Act have focused on the damage the five Republican justices are expected to do to President Obama by striking down his prized new law. But the bigger story may be their judicial…

Health Law Dispute Hinges on Timing

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

Exclusive: After three days of oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, most analysts agree that the five Republican justices are likely to deliver a body blow to Democratic President Obama by declaring his landmark health-reform law “unconstitutional.” But the…

GOP Justices Ignore the Founders

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Exclusive: As the Republican Supreme Court majority moves toward gutting health-care reform, the justices are making a mockery of the Constitution and the intent of the Founders who had good reasons to include the powerful Commerce Clause. But it appears GOP partisanship will…

GOP Justices Clown over Health Care

Broccoli, a vegetable known for its nutritional properties

Exclusive: The questions asked by the Republican partisans on the U.S. Supreme Court suggest they will overturn the Affordable Care Act. Instead of a serious debate about health care and the Constitution, they clowned around with silly what-ifs about mandating broccoli-eating and requiring burial insurance,…

Are the GOP Justices Political Hacks?

U.S. Supreme Court

Exclusive: The “Obamacare” debate will test whether the U.S. Supreme Court’s five Republican justices are political hacks. After all, a right-wing think tank devised the individual mandate, which was embraced by GOP front-runner Mitt Romney, but it’s now anathema because it was…

Did the Founders Hate Government?

An artist's rendering of the Constitutional Convention in 1787

Exclusive: Orwell’s insight that who controls the present controls the past, and who controls the past controls the future could apply to the American political debate in which the Right has built a false narrative that enlists the Framers of…

‘War on Women’ Breaches Global Norms

The 1992 elections, sometimes called "the year of the woman," expanded the number of Democratic senators to five, (from left) Sens. Patty  Murray, Carol Moseley Braun, Barbara Mikulski, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer.

Republican bills taking aim at women’s reproductive freedoms have raised alarms about a “war on women,” a development that is shaking up the American political scene. But some of the legislation also is putting the U.S. outside the bounds of international norms,…