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GOP sues Obama over Affordable Care Act

On Friday, November 21, 2014, the House Speaker John Boehner said that he had sued the Obama and Obama Administration in federal court over the Affordable Care Act. This lawsuit was not unexpected, as Republicans had been calling the health care act unconstitutional for quite some time. In fact, the lawsuit was given the go ahead in July by the GOP heavy House of Representatives. The lawsuit was filed in the United State’s District Court for the region of District of Columbia.

The only surprise seemed to be how long the actual lawsuit took to be filed. Apparently Boehner was attorney shopping. He had two District of Washington law firms accept the job and then change their mind about representing the GOP. The attorney representing Boehner is Jonathan Turley. Turley is a George Washington University professor as well as a national television legal expert.

The announcement concerning the lawsuit was made after President Obama had announced his sweeping immigration moves. Reactions to the immigration law as well as to the Affordable Care Act are just two signs of tension between Congress and President Obama.

The lawsuits are actually filed against the secretary of Health and Human Resources and against the Treasury Department secretary. They are not really a suit against President Obama personally. Though he did take the suit personally, as Affordable Care Act is a large piece of his legacy and presidential agenda.

The lawsuit against President Obama and Affordable Care Act names two issues. They focus on the implementation of Affordable Care Act. They argued that it was not legal for the United State’s Treasury Department to move billions of taxpayer’s money to Affordable Care Act designated insurance companies without Congressional approval.

The other lawsuit complaint focuses on the Affordable Care Act decision for one year of delay in requiring business with over 50 employees to provide insurance or to pay the penalty for not providing workers with insurance. While house Republicans agreed to the delay, they felt the president’s unilateral action concerning the delay was a circumvention of Congress and its role on law passage.

Recent Affordable Care Act news

National, international, and local news outlets, magazines, newspapers, websites, and journals have covered the good and the bad of the ObamaCare / Affordable Care Act health plan since 2010 when it came into existence. These varied and numerous articles serve as valuable tools in keeping American citizens informed about the health care program and all it entails.  Affordable Care Act has changed some since its inception; and it will always have fans and foes, as indicated by the various news reports. Just a few of the articles, the venues, the dates, the link, and a brief summary are listed below this paragraph.

Fox News

December 1, 2014

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/12/01/obamacare-small-business-site-reportedly-opens-to-scant-interest/

Fox News explores the rate at which small businessmen are enrolling and using the Affordable Care Act health care site set up for them. Fox News indicates that only a few people are utilizing the site. Fox also explores why they think so few businessmen are enrolling and how this can be corrected.

LA Times

October 29, 2013

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/oct/29/news/la-ol-obamacare-health-insurance-rates-increase-too-expensive-20131029

The LA Times considers if the Affordable Care Act rates will increase and how far the increase will end up being. The concept was that there would not be considerable increase, but the LA Times writers feel that there may indeed be increases in rates and they explain why and how much they will be.

LA Times

April 23, 2014

http://articles.latimes.com/2014/apr/23/business/la-fi-mo-ask-laz-obamacare-20140403

The Los Angeles Times newspaper discusses and explains parts of Affordable Care Act health plan that the White House is less inclined to discuss with the public consumers. The entire plan, not just the best parts of the program, needs to be explored and understood. The LA Times seeks to do this in this piece.

New York Times

December 2, 2014

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/02/upshot/underinsurance-remains-big-problem-under-obama-health-law.html?_r=0

The New York Times covers and discusses under insured people and the impacts on them because of Affordable Care Act. The New York Times also investigates the reasons for being under insured and how to prevent it in the future.

New York Times

December 1, 2014

http://boss.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/12/01/its-not-all-about-the-premiums/

This in depth article by the New York Times covers the importance of looking beyond insurance premiums. The focus is looking at insurance benefits, not just considering the cost of the monthly premiums. Picking an insurance program strictly based on premiums is a bad idea.

New York Times

November 29, 2014

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/30/us/politics/suit-on-health-law-puts-focus-on-funding-powers-.html

Funding for ObamaCare has been a controversial subject from the onset of the program. The New York Time’s article discusses the strengths and weaknesses of the funding plans.

New York Times

November 26, 2014

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/27/us/politics/obamacare-aca-1-million-sign-ups.html

The New York Times covers the date and event of the one millionth sign-up for ObamaCare in this celebratory article. It chronicles the different changes and advancements that ObamaCare has made. The article discuses what it feels are drawbacks to ObamaCare.

Time Magazine

October 27, 2014

http://time.com/3479139/walmart-healthcare-insurance/

Wal-Mart has been outspoken in its dislike of the Obama Health Care plan. The actions and spoken word of Wal-Mart are covered in the Time Magazine article. The questions I asked, will other companies follow Wal-Mart’s lead?

Time Magazine

October 18, 2014

http://time.com/3398526/obamacare-enrollment/

Time Magazine explores in depth the number and data relative to new enrollments in Obama Health Care programs. Projections are made for future enrollees and their demographics.

The Washington Monthly

January/February 2014

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/january_february_2014/features/after_obamacare048357.php?page=all

The Washington Monthly breaks down Affordable Care Act and all it entails. It then explains the different steps and what a person’s obligations might be concerning Obama Health Care.

Harper’s Magazine

December 2014

http://harpers.org/archive/2009/12/understanding-obamacare/

This Harper’s Magazine article on Affordable Care Act is a keeper. The article explains, in very accessible and straightforward fashion, the many different parts of Affordable Care Act and understanding Affordable Care Act.

Politico

November 14, 2013

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2013/11/the-obamacare-lie-that-cant-be-fixed-99843.html#.VH32BbxdVpI

Politico feel like there are lies that have been told about Affordable Care Act.  It investigates one of the major Affordable Care Act fallacies and then explains how this is a lie that cannot nor will not go away any time soon.

Politico

December 2014

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/10/mississippi-burned-obamacare-112181.html#.VH32MbxdVpI

The Politico article discusses the state of Mississippi and Affordable Care Act. It doe not sugar coat what it feels are drawbacks to the plan in Mississippi and in similar demographic areas.

Front Page Magazine

July 25, 2014

http://www.frontpagemag.com/2014/matthew-vadum/americans-say-obamacare-is-hurting-families/

There have been Republicans and conservative who feel like Affordable Care Act is hurtful to families and family care. This Front Page article discusses those charges concerning Affordable Care Act.

USA Today

December 1, 2014

http://www.usatoday.com/topic/5d77043a-4674-4fba-ae62-ca7feb3cdf85/affordable-care-act/

When this article was published and printed by USA Today, Affordable Care Act had been passed for four years. The piece ponders just what is Affordable Care Act, how has it changed, what is good about the plan, and what is bad about the plan in the year 2014.

 USA Today

August 30, 2014

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/08/30/obamacare-tax-healthcare-taxpayers-eight-billion/14861405/

USA Today charges that Affordable Care Act is costing tax payers close to eight million dollars. This article breaks down the figures, where the charges are incurred, and what they think is wrong with Affordable Care Act and its eight million dollar cost.

CNN

April 1, 2014

http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/01/politics/obamacare-signups-target/

CNN investigates Affordable Care Act sign-ups and what population is targeted in the sign up campaign and approach for the program. Their ideas concerning the targeting are fresh and well researched.

Washington Times

December 2, 2014

http://www.washingtontimes.com/specials/health-care-reform/

The Washington Times explores the different parts of Obama Health Care. The reform and all its different pieces are discussed in this article. It is a nice guide for a very detailed program, which is evolving with time.

Every day, hundreds of articles are written and published that concern the Affordable Care Act health plan. Magazines, journals, newspapers, news shows, and websites cover every aspect and detail of the health care program. Some people are in favor of the health care program, and some people are strongly against the health care program. The articles that explain the plan and keep readers informed of new changes are timely and important in knowing the program completely. Use these listed articles, their links, and summaries to help you stay informed and aware of Affordable Care Act and all it entails.

Affordable Care Act Employer Mandate Delayed

Under the Affordable Care Act, the employer requirement to provide
minimum essential coverage was set to begin on January 1, 2014.

However, In July of 2013 the U.S. Treasury Department announced a one-year delay until January 1, 2015 in implementing the employer mandate. The delay in implementing the
employer mandate does not affect an employer’s access to the Credit for Small
Employer Health Insurance Premiums, nor does the delay affect the date of
implementation of the individual mandate.

Colorado Affordable Care Act Opens for Enrollment

The Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces opened on October 1, 2013 with much fanfare.  The marketplace suffered outages amid overwhelming traffic and technological glitches.

In Colorado health insurance marketplace, the health exchange saw 8,400 accounts created during the first two days, and its Web site is averaging about 50,000 unique visitors a day.

Colorado runs their own health insurance exchange.

California Affordable Care Act Opens for Enrollment

The Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces opened on October 1, 2013 with much fanfare.  The marketplace suffered outages amid overwhelming traffic and technological glitches.

In California insurance marketplace, the exchange had more than 514,000 unique visitors on its Web site, and 7,700 applications were started on opening day.

California runs their own health insurance marketplace.

ObamaCare vs. Affordable Care Act

What is the difference between Affordable Care Act and Obama Care?

Nothing!

Yet according to recent surveys done by CNBC, out of 850 responses, 46 percent of respondents said they oppose Obamacare and 37 percent oppose the Affordable Care Act.   That is a 11% difference in opinion on the same policy.  The same poll found that 30% of respondents didn’t know what the Affordable Care Act is — while “only” 12% didn’t know what ObamaCare is.

A good take on the issue between ObamaCare vs Affordable Care Act can be seen at this video (Jimmy Kimmel show).

Government Shutdown due to Affordable Care Act?

The federal government officially shut down for the first time in 17 years at 12:01am on October 1, 2013 Tuesday, after House Republicans refused to drop demands that parts of the Affordable Care Act be delayed in return for approval of a mandatory government funding bill.

Republican controlled House demanded a one year delay on the Affordable Care Act/Obama Care but Democrat controlled Senate would not budge.  The US government runs on a fiscal year that starts from October 1 and ends on September 30.  And coincidentally, the open enrollment for Affordable Care Act/Obama Care were schedule to start on October 1, 2013.  How long the government shutdown remains to be seen.

The last US Government shutdown happened during 1995-1996 conflict between funding for Medicare, education and public health.  The US Government shutdown lasted for 28 days during the last shutdown.  The major players were President Bill Clinton and Speaker of the US House of Representative, Newt Gingrich.