The Four Issues the Supreme Court Is Deciding About Obamacare


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Supreme Court. Photo: Flickr/Envios

Photo: Flickr/Envios

For the next three days, the Supreme Court will be hearing arguments about the constitutionality of Obamacare.

The Heritage Foundation’s Marguerite Higgins and Rachael Slobodien explain the four major issues the justices will decide:

  1. The justices will decide if the Anti-Injunction Act will prohibit states and other parties from challenging the individual mandate.
  2. The Court will determine if the individual mandate that requires all Americans to buy health insurance is unconstitutional.
  3. The Court will decide if the mandate, if ruled unconstitutional, can be severed from the Affordable Care Act.
  4. The Court will rule if Congress exceeded its enumerated powers under the Spending Clause and violated basic federalism principles by placing heavy regulations on states that receive Medicaid funding.

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Video: Seniors and Providers Fear Obamacare’s Harmful Consequences

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Medicare patient Ann Lorenz has relied on the advice and recommendations of her neurologist, Dr. Jeffrey English, since she was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 13 years ago. With the dramatic changes coming to Medicare via Obamacare, Lorenz is worried her access to care will be limited.

“One of the first things you ask a new doctor is if they accept Medicare,” Lorenz, who lives in Atlanta, says in a new Impact of Obamacare video from The Heritage Foundation. “And we have always seemed to have doctors that accepted it, which has worked out very nicely because I have had to go over the last few years…to many doctors…because of age and the various things that happen to you when you get older.”

English, Ann’s doctor, fears he’ll have to drop his roster of Medicare patients in order to continue providing quality care. Dr. English dropped his roster of Medicaid patients six years ago because the reimbursement was costing him more to see the patients than if he saw them for free in the hospital.

The current system is in need of reform, English believes. “I’m all for reform that puts the patient in charge, gives patient access to all the doctors and reduces cost,” English says. But “we got the opposite in Obamacare.”

See the full video here along with Heritage’s full lineup of Impact of Obamacare videos—which also features the impact the health reform will have on doctorsstatesfamilies, and businesses.

Obamacare’s Job Creation Illusion


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The fact is [Obamacare] is very good for small business. It’s incredibly good for small business,” former Democratic National chairman Howard Dean said.

In a recent interview, the one-time Democratic presidential candidate and doctor said he believes Obamacare will boost job creation for small business.

“Most small businesses are not going to be in the health insurance business anymore after this thing goes into effect,” he added. “That’s going to be the biggest boost to small business that has been done in years and years and years,” he added, predicting that Obamacare will create 80 percent of all initial new jobs.

It sounds good. But it’s just not true.

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