Healthcare News February 7, 2012

  • Obama faces backlash over rule ordering birth control coverage

    GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney called the mandate an attack on “religious liberty.”

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: House panel targets abortion rights

    The GOP-dominated House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday marks up legislation that would prohibit abortions based on sex and race.

  • Santorum ties Romney and Obama together on healthcare

    Rick Santorum delivered a scathing critique of Mitt Romney and President Obama’s healthcare reform laws on Monday.

    In a speech billed as a major address on the issue, Santorum said there was virtually no daylight between Obama’s healthcare reform law and the law Romney signed as Massachusetts governor.

    “I really don’t find any legitimate reason why [Romney] would oppose [Obamacare], because the plan he put together in Massachusetts is in fact Obamacare on the state level,” Santorum said Monday in Rochester, Minn.,
    according to CNN.

    Santorum said because of this, the former Massachusetts governor should not be the Republican presidential nominee.

    The Massachusetts’ law contains an individual mandate provision, similar to Obama’s law, that is despised by conservatives. But Romney has repeatedly vowed to repeal Obama’s law if he’s elected president and defended the law he signed as governor, saying it was right for the state.

    In his speech, Santorum also praised House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget proposal. He criticized Obama for not embracing Ryan’s plan to change Medicare into a voucher system for Americans under 55.

    “This is a plan that President Obama says is the equivalent of throwing Grandma off a cliff,” Santorum said, according to Talking Points Memo.

  • States say Supreme Court must strike healthcare mandate

    The opponents of President Obama’s healthcare law told the Supreme Court on Monday that upholding the law’s individual mandate would mark a “revolution” in government power.

    Twenty-six state attorneys general and the National Federation of Independent Business filed briefs with the high court Monday on the central question of whether the mandate is constitutional. The Obama administration filed its merits brief on the mandate last month.

    The states argued that Congress stepped far outside of its constitutional powers by requiring almost everyone in the U.S. to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty.

    “If Congress really had this remarkable authority, it would not have waited 220 years to exercise it,” the states said in their brief. “If this power really existed, both our Constitution and our constitutional history would look fundamentally different … The extraordinary power that the federal government claims here is simply incompatible with our founding document.”

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