Upholding the Rule of Law

Analysis: Halbig v. Burwell is a blow to Obamacare, but issue is far from settled
the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit / AP

Tuesday’s ruling against Obamacare in Halbig v. Burwell is a major blow to the reputation of Obamacare as “the law”—at least as the president has implemented it—and its long term implications could cripple the law’s practical viability.

Hobby Lobby’s Meaning

Analysis: Court’s narrow ruling affirms religious freedom, incenses liberals
Hobby Lobby will argue its case against Obamacare in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court ruled on Monday the Obama administration’s implementation of Obamacare violated the religious liberty of several closely held businesses, most notably Hobby Lobby, and was consequently illegal.

The God of Liberalism

Review: ‘Inventing the Individual,’ by Larry Siedentop
Rembrandt van Rijn, The Apostle Paul, 1957 / National Gallery of Ary

In its thousands of pages, Obamacare contains the heart of the progressive vision for how society should work. A central premise of Obamacare is that everybody should have access to healthcare regardless of income or personal circumstances. Individuals do not have to rely on others to gain access to a basic life necessity; the government supplies what they need. Individuals have both the autonomy that comes from being independent from other people and the security of the government-provided benefit.

Roadblock to Health Care Reform

Analysis: 2009 GOP health care proposal illustrates the challenges in unifying Republicans
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Despite the Obama administration’s declaration of victory in the Obamacare Wars, Republicans still vehemently oppose the law. House Republicans have voted to repeal the law scores of times, top Republican leaders are calling the law a “disaster” and a “catastrophic failure,” and Republicans are expected to campaign heavily on the law’s flaws in this fall’s midterm elections.

Inside the Courtroom

Analysis: Oral arguments reveal priorities of the Supreme Court in Hobby Lobby case
Protestor wears a birth control pills costume outside of Supreme Court during Hobby Lobby's oral arguments / AP

Hobby Lobby and the Obama administration finally appeared before the Supreme Court on Tuesday morning to present their arguments over Obamacare’s contraception mandate to the nine justices. The oral argument is the justices’ only opportunity to interrogate each side, and, as a result, their questions can give a peek into their priorities.

A Double Whammy for Obamacare

Analysis: New regulations strengthen federal control of America’s healthcare system
Obamacare supporter rally

A pair of recent regulations highlights the administration’s desire to undermine the private healthcare market and strengthen the government’s grip over healthcare in America.

These Six Court Cases Could Cripple Obamacare

Analysis: Affordable Care Act Faces 100 Pending Lawsuits
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Around one hundred lawsuits challenging the president’s signature policy achievement are currently making their way through the courts.

Some of these lawsuits challenge very specific parts of the law, while others are challenging the law in its entirety. Here is a list of the six major legal challenges to the law.

Hobby Lobby Speaks Out

Business’s president sits down with reporters for first interview about the lawsuit
Steve Green

The president of Hobby Lobby discussed his company’s ongoing lawsuit against the Obama administration regarding the contraceptive mandate, which goes before the Supreme Court March 25 for oral arguments.

Factcheck: Obamacare and the State of the Union

Obama's misleading description of his health plan
President Barack Obama, accompanied by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. / AP

President Barack Obama spoke glowingly of Obamacare during his State of the Union address to Congress. However, on closer examination, many of the president’s statements on the Affordable Care Act turn out to be misleading and lacking context. Here are five of the president’s most important points on health care, along with explanations of the greater context.

America’s Moral Foundation

Review of Slavery, Abortion, and the Politics of Constitutional Meaning
Pro-life and pro-abortion protestors in front of the Supreme Court

The Civil War was a turning point in the moral history of the United States. Previously the country had tolerated slavery, a direct affront to the founding proposition, contained in the Declaration of Independence, that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.” The Civil War purged this moral blight from the country by ending the enslavement of some men by others.