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March 30, 2015

Supreme Court won’t hear case challenging Obamacare’s “Platonic Guardians”

This morning, the Supreme Court declined to review the case challenging the constitutionality of the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB. This is the group of unelected bureaucrats given authority to set Medicare reimbursement rates, whose "recommendations" automatically become law without any involvement by Congress, the President, or the ...

January 12, 2015

L.A. Times' Michael Hiltzik says Supreme Court should end IPAB

L.A. Times columnist Michael Hiltzik is an outspoken supporter of Obamacare. But in his Jan. 9 column, he agrees with PLF and our allies at the Goldwater Institute that the Independent Payment Advisory Board (the group of unaccountable “Platonic Guardians” that Obamacare puts in charge of the Medicare program) is just beyond the bounds ...

December 04, 2014

PLF joins forces with members of Congress to fight Obamacare

This morning, we joined forces with over two dozen members of Congress to file a brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a case challenging the constitutionality of the Independent Payment Advisory Board provision of Obamacare. IPAB is the group of “Platonic Guardians” that are empowered to regulate Medicare spending–a boa ...

May 19, 2014

The next big Obamacare case

On June 10, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear the next big Obamacare lawsuit, Coons v. Geithner, which among other things challenges the constitutionality of the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB. That's the board of "Platonic Guardians" that will set Medicare reimbursement rates—and which is immune from judicial, legislative ...

February 12, 2014

Bart Hinkle: what color is the sun in Obamacare's world?

The Richmond Times-Dispatch's Bart Hinkle wonders wonders about the Bizarro world of Obamacare, where penalties are taxes that aren't bills for raising revenue, where a job is wage-slavery, but handouts are freedom, and where losing your job is a chance to pursue your dreams. One correction, however. Hinkle regards the allegation of "death panels" ...

January 09, 2014

Obamacare's corrupting lawlessness

The cover story of the new issue of Regulation is my article, co-authored with Goldwater Institute attorney Christina Sandefur, on how Obamacare is doing violence to the basic principle of the rule of law. We argue that from the Supreme Court’s decision to recharacterize the law as a “tax,” to the violation of the constitutional ...

June 07, 2013

President's weekly update — June 7, 2013

Obamacare — Platonic Guardians We filed a friend of the court brief in Coons v. Geithner challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare's "Independent Payment Advisory Board." That's the agency created by Obamacare that is charged with controlling Medicare reimbursement rates. But unlike any other agency Congress has ever created, IPAB is fre ...

April 30, 2013

Still no IPAB nominees

The American Spectator points out that President Obama has still not nominated anyone to serve in the Independent Payment Advisory Board, the unconstitutional agency established by Obamacare to regulate Medicare reimbursement rates. His delay is significant because Obamacare's scheduled to kick into high gear beginning in 2014, and the process of c ...

October 10, 2012

Why Kathleen Sebelius campaigns so hard for President Obama

Cato’s Michael Cannon explains how Obamacare gives extreme and unprecedented powers to the Secretary of Health & Human Services. But IPAB isn’t just extreme, it’s also unconstitutional. For more on this illegal aspect of Obamacare, click here and here. ...

March 08, 2012

President Obama wants to give more power to unconstitutional agency

The Washington Examiner's Philip Klein points out that the Obama Administration is proposing to give even more power to the unelected Platonic Guardians of the Independent Payment Advisory Board, by forcing them to implement even deeper cuts in Medicare expenditures—without, of course, any oversight or accountability from the legislative, executi ...