Baseball Crank
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July 25, 2014
LAW/POLITICS: Halbig's Critics Hoist By Their Own Petards

RS: Halbig's Critics Hoist By Their Own Petards

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This has not been a good week for defenders of Obamacare and their scorn for the legal arguments challenging whether the statute provides subdsidies for buyers of health insurance policies on the federal Helthcare.gov exchange. On Monday, a divided panel of the DC Circuit ruled in Halbig v Burwell that the statute only provides subsidies for purchases on the state exchanges (the Fourth Circuit reached the opposite conclusion). The reaction to Halbig from pundits on the Left - most of them not lawyers, and many of them obviously woefully ignorant of how courts read laws - can only be characterized as an unhinged meltdown. The latest news has only further undermined their position.

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Posted by Baseball Crank at 5:00 PM | Law 2009-Present • | Politics 2014
July 22, 2014
POLITICS/BUSINESS: Latest Posts

More of my latest posts, off the site. At RedState:

DC Circuit Blocks Obamacare Subsidies, Mandate in 36 States (updated with the Fourth Circuit's decision)

Could Elizabeth Warren Face Ted Cruz In 2016?

8 Myths In The Immigration Debate

At The Federalist:

17 Ways Driverless Cars Could Change America

Posted by Baseball Crank at 2:52 PM | Business • | Law 2009-Present • | Politics 2014 • | Politics 2016
LAW/POLITICS: DC Circuit Blocks Obamacare Subsidies, Mandate in 36 States

RS: DC Circuit Blocks Obamacare Subsidies, Mandate in 36 States

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A divided panel of the DC Circuit this morning handed down its long-awaited decision in Halbig v Burwell, holding 2-1 that Obamacare does not provide subsidies for purchases of insurance on the federal Healthcare.gov exchange, and that the individual mandate does not apply in states that have not established their own state exchanges. The decision, based on the plain language of the statute (and not any Constitutional issue), is a huge blow to Obamacare, but is almost certainly not the last word in this litigation (which may yet go to the full DC Circuit and/or the Supreme Court) or in the political battle over the exchanges.

UPDATE: The Fourth Circuit has just handed down a ruling coming to the opposite conclusion, which increases the likelihood that the Supreme Court will have to step in.

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Posted by Baseball Crank at 10:40 AM | Law 2009-Present • | Politics 2014
July 18, 2014
POLITICS: Could Elizabeth Warren Face Ted Cruz In 2016?

Similar, But Not The Same

Should the Democrats nominate Elizabeth Warren for President in 2016, as a draft-Warren movement, some liberal pundits and enthusiasts at this week's Netroots Nation convention believe?

Should Republicans nominate Ted Cruz, who has kept his options open with frequent trips to Iowa and New Hampshire? In some ways, Cruz and Warren are mirror images, and the cases for and against them are surprisingly similar. But there are also some critical differences.

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Posted by Baseball Crank at 3:38 PM | Politics 2014 • | Politics 2016
July 15, 2014
POLITICS: 8 Myths In The Immigration Debate

Stop Saying That. It's Not True.

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The ongoing debate over immigration, and over illegal immigration in particular, is one of the most acrimonious - usually needlessly so - in our politics. It divides both parties, though it's no secret that the divisions within the GOP on this issue are far worse. And all sides in this debate are guilty of peddling myths and rhetoric that do more harm to the debate than good.

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Posted by Baseball Crank at 12:03 PM | Politics 2014