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Today, the Supreme Court issued a historic ruling: They upheld the Affordable Care Act and ensured that millions of American families Lots of people have questions about the Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court’s decision, and their health care coverage. Check out the Q&A below, or go to the Whitehouse.gov for more information — including President Obama’s remarks after the announcement will have access to health care and protection from the worst abuses of the insurance industry.
Q: Does this mean the health overhaul law is in place for good?
A: The decision effectively upholds the law for now, but its future depends on which party controls the White House and Congress after elections in November. President Barack Obama and most Democrats consider the law a signature achievement and want to move forward implementing it. Republicans, including presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney, have pledged to overturn it. They say they would offer an alternative proposal but haven’t been specific about what it would include.
By David Horsey, New York Times
There was a wee dram of good news for Democrats coming out of the Wisconsin recall election Tuesday. While a solid majority of voters chose to retain their Republican governor, Scott Walker, a similar majority told exit pollsters they planned to vote for President Obama in November.
It is small solace, however. Barack Obama carried Wisconsin with 56% of the vote in 2008 and has been expected to recapture the state with no great effort this year. To celebrate a likely victory that was already supposed to be in the bag seems like throwing a party because the sun rose again this morning. Plus, the exit poll result should come with an asterisk. CNN’s John King was a bit befuddled on election night when it turned out that Walker performed much better than exit polls indicated he would. King eventually attributed this statistical glitch to conservative voters who refused to cooperate with pollsters representing the evil liberal news media.
If it was indeed the case that the exit polls skewed left, then arguably Obama could have a bigger challenge in Wisconsin than anyone expects. And that would be more bad news for the Democrats from a state they once could count on.
According to the website “ForgiveStudentLoanDebt.com”, forgiving student loan debt would have an immediate stimulating effect on the economy. Join us live on “Press Pause” Saturday, May 19th when we talk to Robert Applebaum, Attorney and founder of ForgiveStudentLoanDebt.com joins Pat to discuss his movement, and HR4170, the Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012. Only on “Press Pause” with Patricia Wilson-Smith, Saturday at 4pm on WAEC 860 AM!
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The Obama Campaign has released an incredible response video to the random and factually challenged attacks Mitt Romney has been leveling against President Obama, especially since winning Wisconsin and presumably all-but clinching the deal on the Republican nomination. Good for him!
But I sure hope he does a little better with the fact-uating than he does in this clip, ‘cuz, he’s not exactly looking like a beacon of truth in this one. Share this!!!!!
The Supreme Court on Monday appeared prepared to decide the fate of President Barack Obama’s sweeping healthcare law soon, rather than delaying for years a ruling on the mandate that Americans buy insurance or pay a penalty.
In the first of three days of historic arguments, the justices voiced doubt that a U.S. tax law requiring that people pay first and litigate later should postpone a ruling on the legal challenge to the president’s signature domestic legislative achievement.
At the core of the healthcare law, signed by Obama in 2010, is a requirement that people obtain health insurance by 2014 or pay a penalty. The question on Monday was whether people can challenge this so-called individual mandate before paying the penalty and seeking a refund.
The Obama administration and the challengers – including 26 of the 50 states – agreed that the case should be decided now. One of the four U.S. appeals courts that ruled on the law prior to the case going to the high court held that the tax law barred the challenges until the penalty was paid. The justices then appointed an outside private lawyer to argue that position.
On February 26, 2012, a 17-year-old African-American named Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida. The shooter was George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old white man. Zimmerman admits killing Martin, but claims he was acting in self-defense. Three weeks after Martin’s death, no arrests have been made and Zimmerman remains free.
Here is what everyone should know about the case:
1. Zimmerman called the police to report Martin’s “suspicious” behavior, which he described as “just walking around looking about.” Zimmerman was in his car when he saw Martin walking on the street. He called the police and said: “There’s a real suspicious guy. This guy looks like he’s up to no good, on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around looking about… These a**holes always get away” [Orlando Sentinel]
2. Zimmerman pursued Martin against the explicit instructions of the police dispatcher:
Dispatcher: “Are you following him?”
Dispatcher: “OK, we don’t need you to do that.”