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AP: SCOTUS Doesn’t Understand Obama-Care

From a never say die Associated Press:

Supreme Court misunderstanding on health overhaul?

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR
April 11, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — A possible misunderstanding about President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul could cloud Supreme Court deliberations on its fate, leaving the impression that the law’s insurance requirement is more onerous than it actually is.

Someone needs to tell the Associated Press that the time for oral arguments is over.

During the recent oral arguments some of the justices and the lawyers appearing before them seemed to be under the impression that the law does not allow most consumers to buy low-cost, stripped-down insurance to satisfy its controversial coverage requirement.

In fact, the law provides for a cheaper "bronze" plan that is broadly similar to today’s so-called catastrophic coverage policies for individuals, several insurance experts said.

"I think there is confusion," said Paul Keckley, health research chief for Deloitte, a major benefits consultant. "I found myself wondering how much they understood the Affordable Care Act. Several times the questions led me to wonder how much (the justices’) clerks had gone back into the law in advance of the arguments."

Monthly premiums for the bronze plan would be lower, and it would cover a much smaller share of medical expenses than a typical employer plan…

How can even the intellectually challenged reporters at the Associated Press think the cost of meeting the mandate has any bearing whatsoever on whether the government can order a citizen buy something?

But this is what passes for journalism in the Age of Obama.

The law’s opponents argue that Congress overstepped its constitutional authority by issuing the mandate, while the administration says the requirement is permissible because it serves to regulate interstate commerce. The scope of the mandate was one of several key issues argued before the court.

"If I understand the law, the policies that you’re requiring people to purchase … must contain provision for maternity and newborn care, pediatric services and substance use treatment," said Chief Justice John Roberts. "It seems to me that you cannot say that everybody is going to need … substance use treatment or pediatric services, and yet that is part of what you require them to purchase."

That may be true, but the law’s bronze plan isn’t exactly robust coverage. It would require policyholders to spend thousands of dollars of their own money before insurance kicks in. That’s how catastrophic coverage works now.

It means anyone — particularly younger, healthy people — can satisfy the health care law’s insurance requirement without paying full freight for comprehensive coverage they may not need.

Solicitor General Donald Verrilli did not highlight the bronze plan in his defense of the law, an omission that may prove significant

Such nuances were seemingly lost before the Supreme Court

The AP honestly believes they can still save the day for Obama-Care by explaining to the justices that they didn’t understand its subtle nuances. (Apparently, very few people can understand the nuances from the ever so brilliant Obama.)

Still, this is advocacy journalism at its worst – and most laughably ignorant.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “AP: SCOTUS Doesn’t Understand Obama-Care”

  1. tranquil.night says:

    What does an unelected Supreme Court know compared to the Court of Mob Opinion? The mob and their media prosecuters and their ringleader the Bamster demand their afodeabull helfcare + George Zimmerman on ice.

  2. BigOil says:

    Good thing we have the AP to help us understand the 2700 pages of nuance. Maybe they can cite which taxes the ‘bronze’ plan was wedged between…so it is easier for us to find.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      They call it the “Bronze Plan” but the peons will come to call it the “Steely Dan” plan.

  3. P. Aaron says:

    The ‘subtle nuance’ of Obamacare is the boot heel on our liberty.

  4. AcornsRNutz says:

    That would be absolutely hilarious if it weren’t so pathetic. Sadder still that many who read that tripe will be spitting this nonsense out at us, calling it debate.

  5. MZmaj7 says:

    And according to Randy Barnett, “bronze plans” are nothing like catastrophic coverage, because they also cover at least “contraceptives, maternity and newborn care, counseling, physical therapy, preventive services and pediatric oral and vision care.” … “That is precisely why premiums for bronze plans would cost between $4,500 and $5,000 per year under the Act (as estimated by the CBO), whereas true catastrophic plans are currently available for around $420 per year” for healthy people.

    Moreover, these bronze plans are purposefully expensive because the PPACA needed healthier people to pay more to lower premiums for everyone else. As Barnett explains, this creates all kinds of constitutional problems.

    http://volokh.com/2012/04/12/the-myth-that-the-individual-mandate-addresses-cost-shifting-by-the-uninsured-part-2-bronze-plans-are-not-the-same-as-catastrophic-coverage/


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