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Legislative News for the Week of March 26, 2012

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Quote of the Week
Obamacare Goes Before The United States Supreme Court
RNC Talking Points: Obamacare
HEAT Video Highlighting the Failures of President Obama's Energy Policies
Quote of the Week 
 President Obama asked Russian President Dmitri Medvedev for "space" on missile defense, telling him that "after my election" he would have "more flexibility" to deal with controversial issues. 
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Obamacare Goes Before the United States Supreme Court 
On Monday, the United States Supreme Court kicked off three days of arguments on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's health care law.  The challenge was brought by over half of the states (27) and a collection of interested organizations and private parties. The Obama Administration is defending the law. 
The core issue that the court will be deciding is whether "Congress has the power under the Commerce Clause and the Necessary and Proper Clause to impose the individual mandate  on the American people, forcing them to buy health insurance or pay a penalty. " (Morning Bell: Obamacare Comes Before the Supreme Court). 
The Supreme Court will determine if Congress has overstepped their authority and can strike down the individual mandate. They will also determine if just the individual mandate or all of the Obamacare bill can be struck down with their decision.
The court will also address the expansion of the Medicaid program that requires states to abide by federal guidelines while footing most of the costs for the program. If states do not comply, they could lose all Medicaid funding. 
A ruling on Obamacare is expected later this summer. 
You can listen to the full audio of Day 2 of the Supreme Court Obamacare arguments here

RNC Talking Points: ObamaCare




Health care is more expensive under ObamaCare

  • ObamaCare does not offer the affordability Obama promised.
  • The average cost of a family insurance policy increased 9 percent last year.
  • The cost of single employee coverage increased 8 percent.
  • By 2021, average family health insurance premiums will equal half of median household income, according to a recent study.
  • If trends persist, family premiums will exceed median household income in 2033.

ObamaCare limits Americans' health care choices

  • Six million retirees will lose prescription drug coverage as a result of ObamaCare.
  • ObamaCare limits the use of cost-reducing Health Savings Accounts, affecting more than 20 million Americans.
  • As many as 20 million Americans could lose their employer-based insurance, as businesses find it cheaper to pay government penalties.

Under ObamaCare, government spending will skyrocket

  • Starting in 2013, spending on Social Security and health care programs will grow faster than nominal GDP.
  • Medicaid spending will also shoot up rapidly, doubling in 10 years.
  • ObamaCare will cost the federal government $1.76 trillion over 10 years, in addition to added Medicaid costs on individual states.

ObamaCare is a drag on our economy

  • ObamaCare's mandates and regulations put added costs on struggling businesses and job creators.
  • This makes it harder for businesses to hire new workers and grow the economy.
  • New Medicare taxes and taxes on medical devices threaten economic growth and could result in job losses.

ObamaCare expands the federal bureaucracy and encroaches on individual liberty

  • Under ObamaCare, Americans have less say in their own health care.
  • Government bureaucrats will be empowered to make an increasing number of health care decisions.
  • Americans who decide to forgo health insurance will be penalized by the government.
  • ObamaCare robs states of the ability to craft health care reforms for themselves.

ObamaCare is unpopular and Americans think it was a mistake

  • ObamaCare is the president's signature legislation, but most Americans oppose it.
  • Nationally, 50 percent say ObamaCare is a "bad thing."
  • In swing states, 53 percent say it's a "bad thing." Only 38 percent say it's a "good thing" that Congress passed ObamaCare.
  • ObamaCare clearly hurts Obama's reelection prospects.
  • Two thirds of Americans want to ditch all or part of ObamaCare.
Check out the House Energy Action Team (HEAT) Video Highlighting the Failures of President Obama's Energy Policies!


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