Court Challenge to Health Care Law a Major Threat for Older Adults and People with Preexisting Health Conditions
Efforts to repeal the new health law continue. A new threat has emerged in the form of a court challenge, Texas v. United States, asserting the law is unconstitutional and should be struck down. With support from a recent brief filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ), this challenge pierces the heart of the law’s core protections that were put in place to ensure older adults and people with preexisting conditions have access to comprehensive and affordable health care.
Thought the debate over the health law was over? Not quite. Yes, Congress has shifted its focus from health care to tax reform over the past couple months. But health care faces new threats under the latest proposed tax legislation.
Doctors had high hopes for an operation designed to prevent strokes, but a $20 million federal study on the procedure was cut short when it became apparent that it didn't work. And a conservative-leaning federal appeals court yesterday ruled Barack Obama's health care law"”including the individual mandate"”is constitutional.
The Takeaway: DOJ Asks Supreme Court to Weigh Health Care Law; Federal Pensions Face Major Shortfall
U.S. Department of Justice asks Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of the individual health insurance mandate, a key part of Barack Obama's health care reform law ... Retirement plans for veterans, members of Congress and other federal employees cost the U.S. government almost as much as the Social Security system.
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