Obamacare Does NOT Have A Mandate

Some conservatives have charged that Marco Rubio has proposed an individual mandate for health insurance. [Credit: ABC News]

Some conservatives have charged that Marco Rubio has proposed an individual mandate for health insurance. [Credit: ABC News]

Some conservatives have accused Marco Rubio of proposing an Obamacare-like mandate on all Americans to buy health insurance. They’re wrong about Rubio.  And about Obamacare.  Read more on National Review Online.

Antonin Scalia, R.I.P.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Saturday, practiced a constitutional conservatism that is out-of-step with today's Right. [Credit: lifenews.com]

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Saturday, practiced a constitutional conservatism that is out-of-step with today’s Right. [Credit: lifenews.com]

The arc of conservatism’s decline was traced in the course of a few hours last Saturday. That afternoon we learned of the passing of a genuine constitutional conservative, Antonin Scalia. Hours later, we endured another GOP debate during which professed conservatives traded barbs and insults, now considered a suitable substitute for character and substance by a large swath of Republican voters. Continue reading

Trump Is (Sort Of) Right About Yellen

Donald Trump this week said that Federal Reserve Board Chairman Janet Yellen won't raise rates because President Obama told her not to. Why he's (sort of) right. [Credit: CNBC]

Donald Trump this week said that Federal Reserve Board Chairman Janet Yellen won’t raise rates because President Obama told her not to. Why he’s (sort of) right. [Credit: CNBC]

The media just can’t keep up with The Donald.

Corporate news-gathering outlets do their best to repeat and amplify his every offbeat utterance.  His accusation that Marco Rubio is a “disaster with his credit cards” has rippled through the press and forced Rubio to respond.  Ditto for Trump’s mockery of Jeb’s energy, Carson’s religion, Carly’s face, Kasich’s poll numbers, Hillary’s marital relations  (“If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America?”), Bernie’s mental health and the menstrual cycles of debate moderators.

But as they were buzzing about his scheduled appearance on Saturday Night Live, the media largely overlooked what was perhaps Trump’s most heretical accusation of all. Continue reading

An Iran Deal Fit For A King

Iranians celebrated a deal that lifted sanctions against their nation. The deal is less popular in the U.S. Congress, but that hardly matters. [Credit: The Guardian]

Iranians celebrated a deal to lift sanctions against their nation. The agreement is less popular in the U.S. Congress, but that hardly matters. [Credit: The Guardian]

Three thousand years have passed since a shepherd-turned-war hero-turned-terrorist-turned-king captured an obscure city situated on a hill 34 miles inland from the Mediterranean.

David, Israel’s second king, would establish his capital in that city whose name is every bit as inapt as Philadelphia (city of brotherly love) or Los Angeles (city of angels). Jerusalem, David’s chosen capital, means “city of peace.”

It has more often been a city of contention, war and strife.  The reverberations from that ongoing discord reached the Supreme Court last month in a case that carries implications for whether the U.S. will continue to be governed as a Republic or ruled by a king. Continue reading

Obamacare’s Next Chapter

Chief Justice John Roberts ' opinion in King v. Burwell betrayed widely-held misconceptions about health insurance markets.  [Credit: Human Events]

Chief Justice John Roberts ‘ opinion in King v. Burwell repeated widely-held misconceptions about health insurance markets.  Conservatives should take note. [Credit: Human Events]

“The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act grew out of a long history of failed health insur­ance reform.” Chief Justice John Roberts, in upholding Obamacare subsidies.

Obamacare is the newest chapter in that long history of failed health insurance reform.  Conservatives who hope one day to replace it would do well to learn from its errors and conceits. Continue reading

Islam And The Right To Marry

Demonstrators call on the Supreme Court to validate same-sex marriage, a ruling that Muslims would oppose in the short term but could benefit them in the longer term.  [Credit: Breitbart]

Demonstrators call on the Supreme Court to validate same-sex marriage, a ruling Muslims would oppose, though it might benefit them in the longer term.  [Credit: Breitbart]

Muslims who were offended by the gathering at which cartoonists sketched caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad may also take offense next month when the Supreme Court sketches its caricature of marriage.

But Muslims may warm to the Court’s expected ruling in favor of same-sex marriage once they ponder the potential ramifications.

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Why Obamacare Subsidies Matter

Protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court yesterday as judges heard arguments over the legality of Obamacare subsidies. [Credit: AP]

Protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court yesterday as judges heard arguments over the legality of Obamacare subsidies. [Credit: AP]

The future of Obamacare hangs on the Supreme Court’s ruling in King v. Burwell for a very good reason: unless health insurance is subsidized, millions of Americans don’t want it, even if they can afford it. Continue reading

What We Know And Don’t Know About Obamacare

The White House spent billions last year on efforts like this to promote Obamacare enrollment. How will they do this year? [Credit: Washington Post]

The White House spent billions last year on efforts like this to promote Obamacare enrollment. How will they do this year? [Credit: Washington Post]

If you are a lawful resident of the United States and you lack health insurance today, it’s almost certainly your fault.  You can’t blame your employer, the government or the insurance companies.  It’s on you.

That is the lasting achievement of Obamacare, whose second open enrollment period began yesterday. Gone are the days when people with pre-existing medical conditions could not find affordable coverage.   Whether the ends of this achievement, which are undeniably good, justify the means its supporters employed to win its enactment remains a matter of controversy. Continue reading

The President, His Critics And the Politics of Impatience

What do these two men have in common?   More than you might think.  [Credit: Politico]

What do these two men have in common? More than you might think. [Credit: Politico]

“But what I’m not going to do is just wait.  I think it’s fair to say that I’ve shown a lot of patience…But what we can’t do is just keep on waiting.”  President Obama, November 5, 2014

The Constitution offers no remedy for presidential impatience. Presidents, Members of Congress and judges are sometimes constitutionally required to “just keep on waiting.”  And that is something officeholders of both political parties seem increasingly unwilling to do.  When it comes to circumventing the rules to achieve the political objectives of the moment, the President and some of his most strident conservative foes are soulmates.

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War on Women: Dispatches From The Front

The latest skirmish in the "war on women" took place this past week in the Senate.  [Credit: ACLU]

The Senate was the scene last week of the latest skirmish in the war on women, one of several contrived controversies manufactured by the political class. [Credit: ACLU]

Resolving conflicts is a core function of government.  Inciting them is a core competency of our political class.

The habit of inflaming passions for political purposes was on display again this week in the US Senate. Wednesday’s show vote ostensibly concerned the right of women to receive “free” birth control from their employers.  But the legislation, as its authors surely knew, would not become law.  If it did, it would result, not in employers buying more contraceptives for their employees, but in more workers losing employment-based health insurance.

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