August 24, 2013 |
If there was any question about why Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in Philadelphia on Thursday, the literature in the back of the room made it clear before she uttered a word. There were oversize postcards ("Need affordable health insurance?"), glossy brochures ("About the Health Insurance Marketplace"), 81/2-by-11-inch color photocopies ("Key Dates for the Health Insurance Marketplace"), and multiple fact sheets detailing the Top Five Things You Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act, headlined for "Seniors" and "Young Adults" and "Families With Children" and "People With Disabilities and Serious Health Conditions.
July 15, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Here is how Philadelphia-area members of Congress voted on major issues last week: House Health-law repeal. Voting 244-185, the House on Wednesday sent the Senate a Republican bill (HR 6079) to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which President Obama signed into law in 2010. A yes vote was to repeal the health law. Voting yes: Charles W. Dent (R., Pa.), Michael Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.), Jim Gerlach (R., Pa.), Frank A. LoBiondo (R., N.J.)
November 17, 2014 |
THE SUPREME Court's surprising decision last week to hear a new challenge to the Affordable Care Act has once again focused attention on Chief Justice John Roberts, who cast the deciding vote in a 2012 decision that saved Obamacare from being declared unconstitutional. Many court watchers expect that he will once again be the swing vote in deciding a case crucial to the health-care law, this one involving questions about who qualifies for subsidies under the law. But Roberts' vote in a recent voting-rights case suggests he might not step in to save the health law this time.
September 29, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In a high-profile moment fraught with political implications, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) voted Friday to block a spending bill needed to keep the government running, prompting Democratic attacks that painted him as "extreme. " Toomey, a Democratic target in a state that tilted blue last year, sided with GOP hard-liners in a key procedural vote that split the party between its establishment leaders and rising stars of the right. He joined Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas)
October 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach of Chester County became the latest local Republican to break with House conservatives Wednesday, calling for a "clean" spending bill to reopen the federal government. Gerlach, who accompanied his statement with eye-opening statistics about the tenor of messages from his constituents, is the fifth Republican from the moderate Philadelphia suburbs to part ways with the GOP's House leadership in the ongoing fight over government spending and President Obama's sweeping health-care law. "It is time for Congress to vote on a budget bill that gets the government back to work providing all of the services already paid for by the hardworking taxpayers in my district and across the country," Gerlach's statement said.
April 4, 2011
U.S. appeals health-law ruling CHICAGO - The Obama administration asked the U.S. appellate court in Atlanta to reverse a ruling by a federal judge in Florida that struck down health-care legislation because it would require almost every American buy health insurance. It asked the court to reverse the Jan. 31 ruling by U.S. District Judge C. Roger Vinson in Pensacola, in a suit filed by 26 states, including Pennsylvania, that the insurance mandate set to take effect in 2014 exceeds Congress' power to regulate interstate commerce.
July 2, 2012 |
The essence of conservatism Chief Justice John Roberts, in writing the majority opinion to uphold "Obamacare," showed the real meaning of conservatism ("Health law upheld," Friday). First, Roberts stated that it is not the job of the court to look for ways to overturn laws. In fact, Roberts referred to former Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes in stating that you should err on the side of upholding law if you can find any reason to do so. This is the opposite of a judicial activist who believes the court should, in effect, create new law. An even more conservative position was Roberts' statement that we get the government we elect and have to live with the consequences of the actions of those who legislate.
October 31, 2010
The choices Tuesday will shape policies in Harrisburg, Trenton, and Washington. Voters should focus on candidates with experience, independence, and integrity. Here's a recap of The Inquirer's endorsements: The race for Pennsylvania governor boasts a candidate with the experience and track record needed to run a complex bureaucracy. As Allegheny County chief executive, Democrat DAN ONORATO confronted budget deficits and demonstrated an ability to shrink a bloated bureaucracy.