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For presidents, the world is full of wins and losses. But rarely do they receive the kind of win Obama did, when the US Supreme Court issued its ruling on his healthcare mandate. This most likely will change history, and also show how Obama was able to change society as we know it.
Obama’s health care overhaul is on track in many states, the White House said on Wednesday. But officials said the administration is preparing a federal backstop anyway for states in which opposition to the new law has blocked planning. The law calls for the states to build exchanges so that millions of middle-class people who are currently uninsured can buy taxpayer-subsidized private coverage.
In California state employees have 2 options: join the Service Employees International Union or refuse membership and still be required to pay non-member dues. But either way union officials must provide very specific notice and accounting information if they intend to use non-members’ dues money for political purposes.
The Supreme Court hasn’t even agreed yet to hear the case questioning the constitutionality of the individual mandate, of Obama’s healthcare law, but already arguments are lined up to remove justices from trying to weigh in on deliberations.
Justice Elena Kagan’s role in the Obama Administration as it was forming the legal defense for the health care law disqualifies her from participating in the decision, say groups who have called for the former solicitor general incapable of being objective. Kagan argues that she wasn’t involved in developing the legal strategy of the Affordable Care Act, but opponents of the law have requested records of the administration’s deliberation process to see who participated.
If President Obama’s healthcare overhaul was deemed constitutional, Texas would be among the biggest beneficiaries, gain coverage for nearly 4 million uninsured residents. But Gov Rick Perry has blocked moves to lay the groundwork for that expansion of coverage, and among the alternatives he’s supported is an untested regional solution that could prove as controversial as Obama’s remake.
While trying to win the Republican nomination as a presidential candidate, health care in Texas and his own ideas as governor will get fly-speck scrutiny on the national stage. His state is a study in contrasts, boasting world-renowned facilities like the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, along with the highest proportion of uninsured residents of any state — 26%.