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November 11, 2014

Obamacare's defenders resort to low blows

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty once said, “it means just what I choose it to mean–neither more nor less.” Congress lacks that luxury because the judiciary judges the meaning of its words. However, in a venomous New York Times article, Paul Krugman says that judges who try to rely on the plain language of Ob ...

July 05, 2013

PLF and client Matt Sissel file appeal of adverse ruling in Obamacare case

Today, we filed an appeal of the D.C. District Court’s decision last Friday to dismiss our challenge to the Affordable Care Act. Readers may recall that our client, Matt Sissel, challenges the Act’s provision imposing an individual mandate and tax-penalty based on last year’s Supreme Court ruling in the healthcare case. There, th ...

June 28, 2011

Summer reading: Harmony and the soft tyranny of paternalism

Author: Brian T. Hodges The Japanese science fiction novel Harmony, by Project Itoh, is a timely cautionary tale about the struggle between individuality and government control.  Itoh shares his intricate and multi-layered vision of a world in the not-too-distant future where much of the population has been lost to disease and war.  Adv ...

February 01, 2011

Orange County Register: ObamaCare unconstitutional

The Orange County Register has this editorial on yesterday's decision on the constitutionality of ObamaCare: This is an important step toward what we hope is the ultimate undoing of President Barack Obama and the 111th Congress' centerpiece legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which effectively would bring one-sixth of the e ...

January 28, 2011

What Healthcare “Market”?

Author:  Anne Hayes Progressives are often fond of claiming that the free-market, despite all evidence to the contrary, does not "work"– a term placed in quotes because it is not always clear what progressives consider success.   For the most part, however, free-market systems indeed "work" with respect to any number of goods an ...

January 15, 2011

What problem, exactly, does Obamacare "fix"?

With the new Republican House, Americans are waiting to see whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as "Obamacare", will be repealed, repaired or defunded, or, what may be more likely, rejected by the courts in either PLF's suit against the administration, or one of the twenty (or so) ...

January 12, 2011

Why should the government decide who is more "worthy" of receiving care?

Author:  Anne M. Hayes "The decision is not whether or not we will ration care–the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open." This statement was made by Dr. Donald Berwick, the man President Obama appointed last year to head Medicare and Medicaid. And while it sparked a bit of outrage at the ...

July 15, 2010

Orange you disappointed Kagan didn't answer the question?

Author: Anne-Marie Dao Uncle Sam wants you … to eat your fruits and vegetables daily. During her recent confirmation hearings, Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan was asked by Senator Tom Coburn whether Congress has power under the Commerce Clause to pass a law requiring Americans to eat fruits and vegetables daily. Ms. Kagan declined to ...