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Monday, April 27, 2020

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Congress cheated health insurance companies by reneging on a $12 billion promise made under the Affordable Care Act. Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote the 8-1 opinion on the basis of "a principle as old as the nation itself: The Government should honor its obligations."

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Wow. I thought some of the regulars here would have been all over this one.

#1 | Posted by sentinel at 2020-04-27 07:31 PM | Reply

Now if only the Supreme Court would rule corporations should honor their obligations...

Who am I kidding that would be the end of Capitalism!

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-27 07:33 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Any idea when the refusal for congress to pay up was implemented? I mean, I can take a guess, but was it under B. Hussein's watch?

#3 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-04-27 07:41 PM | Reply

I see what you did there!

Mitch McConnell is the one who watches over the laws Congress passes... or doesn't.

#4 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-27 07:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I too thought this would see more action. This should have been at least a triple.

Obamacare, Check!
Supreme Court, Check!
Majority Opinion authored by a Wise Latina, Check!

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-28 12:54 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Any idea when the refusal for congress to pay up was implemented?

#3 | Posted by rstybeach11

From another item (link below) covering this same story:

The U.S. Supreme Court has told the federal government that it has to pay $12 billion to insurance companies, money that was promised in the Affordable Care Act as part of the start-up costs of Obamacare in the first three years of its existence.

The law, as enacted, promised to limit profits and losses for insurance companies in the first three years of the Obamacare program. Some companies made more money than allowed by the formula, and had to pay some back to the government, and other companies lost money and were owed money by the government under the formula.

But in 2014, the first year that the ACA's plan was in place, the Republican-controlled Congress reneged on the promise to appropriate money for the companies that had lost money. It did the same for the next two years as well, adding to appropriation bills a rider that barred the government from fulfilling the promise in the statute. After President Trump was elected, his administration supported the GOP-led refusal to pay.

www.npr.org

OCU

#6 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-04-28 01:40 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Thank you, OCU.

I owe you a research query.

#7 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-04-28 02:42 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

So Mitch the _itch and co. Just like he promised when the GOP took control of congress - deny anything Obama out of spite.

#8 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-04-28 10:52 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

So the real question is how many Americans have already died because the Republican Controlled Congress refused keep its promise?

It's estimated that tens of thousands of Americans per year died due to this.

Which will turn out to just be a rounding error with Covid.

#9 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-04-28 11:29 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

It seems that SCOTUS doesn't appreciate the Trump Company business model that Dotard brought to government. I wonder if they'll be okay with all the grifting, emoluments, tax evasion and outright theft when they hear cases after his loss in November.

#10 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2020-04-28 12:50 PM | Reply

Who was the lone,dissenter? Why did they dissent?

I'm betting it was Alito,his argument based on the gov. being "above" having to honor their obligations, that their sovereign status means they can stiff whoever they want with no explanation. I need to see how close my guess is.

#11 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-04-28 12:59 PM | Reply

"So the real question is how many Americans have already died because the Republican Controlled Congress refused keep its promise?"

I don't know if anyone has asked such a narrowly cynical research qeustion.
I don't know what would be the point; as the pandemic makes clear, Republicans are fine with people dying, especially the poor, the old, the sick, and the genetically inferior.

Kaiser Family Foundation did ask this somewhat related question:
"The Effects of Medicaid Expansion under the ACA: Updated Findings from a Literature Review"
www.kff.org

Economic measures: Analyses find effects of expansion on numerous economic outcomes, including state budget savings, revenue gains, and overall economic growth. Multiple studies suggest that expansion can result in state savings by offsetting state costs in other areas. The federal government covered 100% of the cost of the expansion in the early years of the ACA and will cover 90% beginning in 2020. There is limited research examining the fiscal effects of the Medicaid expansion at the federal level. Additional studies show that Medicaid expansions result in reductions in uncompensated care costs for hospitals and clinics, and a growing number of studies show an association between expansion and gains in employment as well as growth in the labor market (with a minority of studies showing neutral effects in this area).

^
Providing health insurance to more people improves population health and improves the economy.
Remember this every time Republicans tell that giving handouts is bad for the economy and bad for the people who get them.
They lie. They know it. They don't care. The GOP is a death cult.

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-04-28 01:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#11 I finally read the article and sure enough it was Alito. He said they got a huge bailout for taking risks. Damn, I'm good.

#13 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-04-28 01:40 PM | Reply

Wow. I thought some of the regulars here would have been all over this one.

#1 | POSTED BY SENTINEL

We were.

Democrats said this would happen when idiot Republicans tried this stunt.

Again Republicans like you ignored it and will probably pretend this is about Democrats.

#14 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-04-28 01:56 PM | Reply

"Again Republicans like you"

They do?? Wow, I'm flattered.

"you ignored it and will probably pretend this is about Democrats."

Actually I called BS on it when I became aware of it. The government should fund its legal obligations.

#15 | Posted by sentinel at 2020-04-28 04:21 PM | Reply

Who was the lone,dissenter? Why did they dissent?

I'm betting it was Alito,his argument based on the gov. being "above" having to honor their obligations, that their sovereign status means they can stiff whoever they want with no explanation. I need to see how close my guess is.

#11 | Posted by Effeteposer

Yes, it was Associate Justice Samuel Alito who was the lone dissenter. He claimed that this was "a massive bailout for insurance companies that took a calculated risk and lost."

OCU

#16 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-04-28 05:14 PM | Reply

This really was an easy case. This backstop to the insurance industry was clearly written into the legislation.

#17 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-04-29 11:11 AM | Reply

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