Mandate Articles

Dolan Defends Religious Liberty

“It is not some far right, extremist cause.”
10:37 AM, Sep 11, 2012

Addressing a largely Catholic audience Monday night at an event sponsored by the John Carroll Society in Washington, D.C., Cardinal Timothy Dolan emphasized the non-sectarian, non-partisan—catholic with a small “c”—nature of the fight for religious liberty.  “It is not some far right, extremist cause,” Dolan said, but an “American human rights issue.”

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Romney: 'Obamacare Is a Tax'

7:19 AM, Jul 05, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has finally conceded that Obamacare, as it stands under the Supreme Court ruling, "is a tax."

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A Tax Is a Tax Is a Tax

6:00 AM, Jul 03, 2012

One of the few bright spots in last week’s Supreme Court ruling on President Obama’s health care overhaul was a political one: The opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts argues that Obamacare is constitutional under the taxing powers of Congress. The Obama administration’s advocate before the Court, Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, made this case during oral arguments, and Roberts bought it. The decision, in a sense, formalized what many conservatives had long argued: The Obamacare tax is a tax.

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Special Report Panel on Catholic Voters

1:36 PM, May 24, 2012

Steve Hayes, with A.B. Stoddard and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:

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Rabbis Side with Catholics, Urge Obama to Drop Mandate

11:19 AM, May 24, 2012

On May 7, 2012, the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA), the largest organization of rabbis in the United States, approved a resolution recognizing that the Health and Human Services (HHS) regulation that mandates employers provide access to contraceptives, abortifacient drugs, and sterilizations forces many employers to “violate the injunctions of their religion.” The RCA, which represents more than 1,000 Orthodox rabbis, urged the Obama administration to amend the regulation to protect the religious liberties of all employers.

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Special Report Panel on the Catholic Court Challenge to Obama

9:41 AM, May 22, 2012

Steve Hayes, with A.B. Stoddard and Juan Williams, last night on Fox News:

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Catholic Bishops Take on Obama

6:05 AM, Apr 23, 2012

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has taken a bold stand for religious freedom. In a recent statement, titled “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty,” the bishops call for repeal of contraception coverage mandated by the Department of Health and Human Services. The clarified position sets up a dramatic confrontation with the Obama administration—and would, if the bishops prevail, help preserve the religious liberty of all Americans.

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On the Left, the Obamacare Debate Continues

3:25 PM, Mar 30, 2012

In light of the bruising that Solicitor General Donald Verrilli took during this week's oral arguments, no one can blame Obamacare's supporters for trying to offer (belatedly) winning answers that the government’s attorney lacked. Two of the early entrants are law professors Akhil Amar and Jeffrey Rosen. But their efforts do not improve much on the government's offering.

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Obamacare on Trial: The Individual Mandate

6:18 PM, Mar 27, 2012

Yesterday, we endured an esoteric debate over a jurisdictional statute that practically no one expects to actually affect the Supreme Court's review of Obamacare. Today, by contrast, was the argument we've all been waiting for: the challenge to the constitutional merits of Obamacare's individual mandate.

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Obamacare on Trial: Day One

6:20 PM, Mar 26, 2012

The solicitor general had an interesting morning. He argued before the Supreme Court's nine justices that Obamacare's individual mandate isn't a "tax"—even though he'll argue tomorrow that the mandate is a "tax." And then the government's top litigator invoked the possibility of incompetent government litigators as a reason to reject an argument raised by the plaintiffs

Welcome to the Supreme Court's review of Obamacare. One day down, two more to go.

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Without Precedent

The Supreme Court weighs Obamacare.
Mar 26, 2012


Ordinarily, judges decide cases by applying the text of laws and the precedents laid down in previous cases. But the Supreme Court is no ordinary court, and the cases that it chooses to decide are not ordinary ones. Cases in which the lower courts disagree; cases of utmost national importance; cases for which there is little precedent or the written law is ambiguous​—​this is the Supreme Court’s daily fare.

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The Man Who Likes Mandates

Mar 26, 2012


Why is there still so much resistance among Republican primary voters to Mitt Romney, the likely but not inevitable GOP nominee? Perhaps the deepest reason is this: At a moment in history when we need a bold commitment to reform, a fundamental willingness to limit the state and revitalize self-government, Romney’s achievements and qualifications seem out of step with the times.

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Obama Admin. Pushes Forward with Abortion Pill & Contraception Mandate

9:35 AM, Mar 18, 2012

On Friday afternoon, the Obama administration released an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to announce it was proceeding as planned with its new federal mandate that abortion pills, sterilization procedures, and contraception must be provided without co-pays under virtually all health care plans.

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Run on Repeal

8:08 AM, Mar 06, 2012

Super Tuesday coincides with the 28th consecutive Rasmussen poll showing double-digit support for the repeal of Obamacare. By a margin of 11 percentage points (53 to 42 percent), the poll shows that likely voters from across the political spectrum favor repealing President Obama’s signature legislation.

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Romney and the Mandate

8:27 AM, Mar 05, 2012

According to a recent USA Today/Gallup poll, a whopping four out of five swing-state voters regard Obamacare’s individual mandate as unconstitutional.

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Did Romney Support a Federal Mandate During the Obamacare Debate?

9:01 AM, Mar 03, 2012

As BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski reports, USA Today published a health care op-ed by Mitt Romney on July 30, 2009 — just days before the start of the August recess that quickly became the August uprising against Obamacare. In his op-ed, Romney seems to encourage President Obama to move in a slower and more bipartisan manner, to abandon his planned government-run “public option” (which, under constituent pressure, the Democrats eventually did scrap), to use Romney’s Massachusetts health care overhaul as something of a model, and (as a way to keep Obamacare’s costs down) to include a federal mandate.

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Obama's Budget Director Contradicts Obamacare Supreme Court Argument

12:08 PM, Feb 15, 2012

As the liberal website Slate has explained about Obamacare, President Obama's signature legislation "combine[s] an express mandatory insurance requirement with tax penalties . . . for noncompliance." Which is why the Obama "administration’s lawyers have cited . . . the tax . . .

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Could the New Obamacare Mandate Reinvigorate the Tea Party?

3:35 PM, Feb 12, 2012

Republicans have been critical of the Obama administration's "preventive care" regulation, both before and after its (meaningless) modification Friday. But have our elected leaders and our candidates made the fundamental point?

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Romney, the Mandate, and Ohio

4:51 PM, Dec 21, 2011

The Hill reports: “Requiring people to have health insurance is ‘conservative,’ GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney told MSNBC on Wednesday, but only if states do it.”

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The Good, the Bad, and Repeal

11:00 AM, Dec 19, 2011

Over at the Washington Examiner, Philip Klein reacts to a Romney video Ben Domenech highlighted this weekend. In the clip, Mitt Romney, who is responding to a young Mike Warren’s question at Vanderbilt, talks about the similarities and differences between Romneycare and Obamacare and says, among other things, he wants to “repeal the bad and keep the good.”

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Obamacare Exchanges

9:09 AM, Dec 06, 2011

On Saturday night, while most sensible people were happily flipping back and forth between the Big Ten championship game, the ACC championship game, and the Oklahoma-Oklahoma State game, the Republican presidential candidates (save Jon Huntsman) appeared at a televised presidential forum in New York City.  These were the exchanges on Obamacare:

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Study: Under Obamacare, Employers Will Likely Engage in ‘Targeted Dumping’ of Employees

2:22 PM, Nov 29, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio reports, “A loophole in the federal health care overhaul would allow many employers to game the system by dumping their sicker employees [into] public health insurance exchanges, according to two University of Minnesota law professors.”

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By a Margin of 4 to 1, Independents Think Obamacare’s Individual Mandate Is Unconstitutional

2:24 PM, Nov 18, 2011

A new Rasmussen poll of likely voters shows that 74 percent of independents reject President Obama’s contention that (in the question’s wording)

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Supreme Court to Hear Obamacare Challenge Involving 26 States

But will the case be heard by 8 justices, or 9?
10:12 AM, Nov 15, 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will hear a challenge to the Obamacare ruling issued by a 3-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Six Ways the Supreme Court Could Rule on Obamacare

8:01 AM, Oct 03, 2011

The majority of the 50 states claim that Obamacare is unconstitutional, the Obama administration claims that it's not, and both sides have now asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide the question on appeal from a 3-judge panel of the 11th Circuit Court.

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Appeals Court: Obamacare Mandate Is Unconstitutional

1:11 PM, Aug 12, 2011

Philip Klein reports

A federal appeals court has ruled that the national health care law's individual mandate is unconstitutional, calling it "an unprecedented exercise of congressional power."

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