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The Leaflet: Hear about the Future of Obamacare at Heartland’s Emerging Issues Forum

July 24, 2014

 

Hear about the Future of Obamacare at Heartland's Emerging Issues Forum 

On Tuesday, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled in Halbig v. Burwell that the Obama administration is imposing taxes and spending funds through 36 state health insurance exchanges without statutory authority and contrary to the language of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Less than two hours later, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit handed down a contradictory ruling on the issue in King v. Burwell.  This raises more questions about the future of PPACA and its viability.

In August 2011, the Internal Revenue Service proposed offering subsidies through the health insurance exchange established by the federal government, even though the PPACA language provides makes those subsidies available only “through an exchange established by the State.” The IRS’s decision to offer unauthorized subsidies in the federal exchange also triggers unauthorized taxes against millions of individuals and employers in the 36 states that ultimately opted not to establish exchanges. According to the Department of Health & Human Services, 87 percent of the 5.4 million people who had signed up for coverage on the federal exchange this spring received subsidies.

Heartland’s senior fellow for health care policy, Benjamin Domenech, explains, “Now citizens in the 36 states that chose not to bow to the administration’s wishes must wait to see whether higher courts will find they ought to be free from Obamacare’s requirements as well. Ultimately, this will be another opportunity for the Supreme Court to weigh in on Obamacare.”

To hear more about the rulings and what they mean for the future of Obamacare, register for our upcoming Emerging Issues Forum, where you will hear from some of the nation’s leading health care experts. The Emerging Issues Forum will take place in Minneapolis on Friday, August 22 and Saturday, August 23. Admission to the event is free for elected officials and staff. A limited number of scholarships to cover travel and accommodation expenses, up to $500, are available for members of Heartland’s Legislative Forum. Reserve your place at this event by going to our website, eif.heartland.org, or by contacting Alex Monahan, Heartland’s government relations coordinator, at 312/377-4000 or amonahan@heartland.org.   

 

 

Healthcare
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Energy & Environment
Replacing the Environmental Protection Agency
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Budget & Tax
Research & Commentary: State Film Incentive
Thirty-nine state governments across the country have film incentive programs to entice motion picture production companies to film in their states. These incentives are in the form of tax credits and exemptions, grants, and cash rebates. In this Research & Commentary, Heartland’s state government relations coordinator, Alex Monahan, writes, “In practice, these programs have left taxpayers footing the bill for subsidizing an industry that creates temporary jobs with no discernible long-term benefit to local or state economies.” Read More

Education
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It’s been almost a year since Indiana and Pennsylvania officially withdrew from national Common Core tests, but the testing organization still lists the two states as members on its Web site. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has issued letters withdrawing his state from PARCC (one of the testing groups), but the state superintendent and board of education are attempting to block his withdrawal. Read More

Telecom
House Passes Permanent Internet Tax Ban, Bill Goes to Senate
Last week, the House passed the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA) via voice vote, placing pressure on the Senate to pass its version of the act before November 1, when the current temporary moratorium on Internet access taxes expires. PITFA’s main sponsor, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican, commended the vote, saying the ban was “important for our growing digital economy.” Read More

From Our Free-Market Friends
An Interstate Analysis of Right to Work Laws
In a new Issue Analysis, researchers for the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Mackinac Center for Policy Policy found evidence that suggests there is a considerable and positive relationship between economic growth in a state and the existence of a right to work law. “This paper presents a labor economics analysis of the effect of right to work laws on state economies, and ranks states’ per capita income loss from not having a RTW law.” Read More

 


 

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