You win some; you lose some. In October, a federal judge in Michigan dismissed a lawsuit challenging ObamaCare’s individual mandate, arguing that Congress has the power to impose such a mandate under the Commerce Clause. A week later a federal judge in Florida permitted a similar lawsuit to proceed because he believed that the individual mandate stretched the Commerce Clause beyond the breaking point, saying that for him it “is not even a close call.” A Virginia federal judge had previously permitted another lawsuit to proceed on similar grounds.
In a November 20 New York Times story, Robert Pear writes: “Consumer advocates fear that the health care law could worsen some of the very problems it was meant to solve — by reducing competition, driving up costs and creating incentives for doctors and hospitals to stint on care.”
When the American people learned that the congressmen who wrote the new healthcare law were exempt from it, questions regarding the alleged benefits of the new legislation were raised. Further proof that ObamaCare may not be all that it was touted to be can be found in the fact that 111 companies, including a number of unions, have been given waivers to be exempted from certain provisions of the law.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky claims congressional lawmakers intend to repeal President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, repeatedly if necessary. After Tuesday’s elections, McConnell is now the leader of a significantly strengthened Senate minority, placing Republicans in a stronger position to take action.
Airport Body Scanner Truth reported on Monday, November 1, that American Airlines pilots were advised to opt for the pat-down search rather than submit to repeated radiation from Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) screening procedures.
Some time this month, a panel of experts advising the government will meet to review what kind of preventive care for women should be covered at no patient cost, as required by ObamaCare. Will free contraception be considered?
As part of her “Let’s Move!” campaign against childhood obesity, First Lady Michelle Obama proposes to “invest $400 million a year to provide innovative financing to develop healthy food retailers to underserved areas and help places such as convenience stores and bodegas carry healthier food options.” That $400 million, of course, will come out of the pockets of U.S. taxpayers.
As part of its Choose Freedom — Stop ObamaCare campaign, The John Birch Society has been sponsoring talks by distinguished doctors all across the country. On October 25, Dr. Lee Kurisko spoke to hundreds of concerned citizens in Albany, New York. Dr. Kurisko, author of Health Reform: End of the American Revolution?, knows the risks of centrally planned healthcare firsthand from his experiences under the socialist healthcare system in Canada, where he practiced medicine before relocating to the United States.
Republicans are hoping to ride a wave of anti-Democrat, and specifically anti-ObamaCare, sentiment into control of at least one chamber of Congress. Not one Republican voted for ObamaCare, and the GOP has been making a big deal out of its desire to repeal, or at least defund, some or all of the new law.
Is nature providing yet another answer to the common cold? According to an October 16 Telegraph.co.uk article, scientists have discovered that tiny nanoparticles of silver can be attached to harmless bacteria, turning them into “silver bullets that can destroy viruses, and provide a cure for the common cold.”