The Origination Clause III: ObamaCare’s a Good Amendment to Die Hard

In June 2013, Judge Beryl Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF)'s case that ObamaCare violates the Constitution's Origination Clause.  This clause reads, "All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of … [Read more...]

Health & Human Services: Religious Employers Still Ain’t “Religious”

First Amendment: Congress shall make no law…prohibiting the free exercise [of religion.] The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently blew a chance to exempt any conscientious “religious employer,” such as Christian-owned Hobby Lobby, from HHS’ contraception/abortifacient … [Read more...]

“Weighing” Consciences: Religious Enough to Be Free?

On February 1, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on its contraception/abortifacient mandate.  HHS claims the proposed rules adequately “accommodate” religious liberty by exempting employers who are religiously-affiliated, such as … [Read more...]

CNN Anchor Puts Misleadingly Positive Light on HHS’s Mandate

Wednesday morning, CNN Anchor Carol Costello dedicated a portion of her show to updating viewers about the Health and Human Services (HHS) contraception/abortifacient/sterilization mandate that went into effect on August 1. While nothing Costello said was dishonest, the way in which she educated her … [Read more...]

HHS’s “Medical Loss Ratio” Rule: Keep Your Health Plan?

“[I]f you like your…health care plan, you can keep it.” -President Obama on ObamaCare, August 15, 2009 Invoking ObamaCare, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently issued the new "Medical Loss Ratio" rule that could decimate Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). HSAs are accounts … [Read more...]

Copy the Thermometers? Scarcity and Rights to Medical or Health Care

If the good can be [copied or] taken (shared) without displacing the original, it is always nonscarce. If taking the original means that it can no longer exist in the possession of the original owner or possessor, it is a scarce good. -Jeffrey Tucker & Stephan Kinsella, 2010 For the past 70 … [Read more...]