With the Supreme Court scheduled to start hearing oral arguments on Monday about the constitutionality of "Obamacare" — aka the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — loud voices are chiming in on both sides of the argument.
Sen. Orrin Hatch co-authored an op-ed piece for Politico on Wednesday calling on Congress to repeal Obamacare.
"Efforts by the White House and its Capitol Hill allies to pass this law were an affront to our nation’s system of government," Hatch wrote in tandem with Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. "Laws that affect one-sixth of the nation’s economy should not be made behind closed doors, and certainly not on a purely partisan basis. Yet the president’s health law passed with only Democratic support."
Writing a thorough analysis piece for Forbes.com on Thursday, Avik Roy arrived at precisely the same conclusion as Hatch and Enzi. "The bottom line is that there is no quick fix for the Affordable Care Act’s array of policy mistakes. We would be much better off repealing the law and starting over."
On the other side of the issue, law professors Leslie Meltzer Henry and Maxwell L. Stearns penned an op-ed piece Thursday for the Baltimore Sun that uses law-based arguments to justify the constitutionality and practicality of the Affordable Care Act. "Prior to the (act), seven states demanded that insurance companies cover high-risk individuals but without imposing an individual mandate. The results were predictable and frustrating. Absent a meaningful quid pro quo for the additional coverage obligation, insurers pulled out. Leaving the problem of the uninsured to state regulation risked a separating (rather than a pooling) outcome in which high-regulation states drive out insurers but attract high-risk individuals, and low-regulation states attract insurers to cover those willing and able to pay."
The Los Angeles Times amped up the political rhetoric about Obamacare yet another notch on Thursday by essentially declaring that Republicans' adamant opposition to Obamacare is hypocritical given the uneven provisions for cutting the cost of healthcare that are woven throughout the new budget resolution from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
"The fiscal year 2013 budget resolution that Ryan unveiled Tuesday requires Medicare spending to increase no more than half a percentage point more than GDP starting in 2023. That's a tighter cap than the healthcare law sets with its spending targets. And unlike the healthcare reform law, Ryan's budget plan offers only one significant mechanism for holding down Medicare costs: An insurance-buying exchange where the elderly can shop for subsidized coverage from private insurers."