Greenhut writes: Governor Brown Celebrates ObamaCare Ruling

Not a surprise.

Gov. Jerry Brown is happy with the Supreme Court’s ObamaCare ruling: “Today’s dramatic Supreme Court ruling removes the last roadblock to fulfilling President Obama’s historic plan to bring health care to millions of uninsured citizens.”

That makes sense. The court decided that the individual mandate isn’t really a mandate — but simply a tax. And Gov. Brown believes that the state and the country can pretty much tax its way out of its fiscal problems. Figures, a conservative justice appointed by President Bush, John Roberts, authored the opinion. Conservatives have little principled opposition to big government — they just have different ideas of how that government should be used.

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Betrayal on so many levels: The Affordable Care Act and the Supreme Court Decision to uphold the mandate by calling it by another name

John C. Goodman with The Independent Institute pens a piece, “Repeal and Replace” regarding The Affordable Care Act
June 30, 2012,

When Barack Obama was a candidate for president, he endorsed universal health insurance, but opposed forcing individuals to buy their own insurance.

As president, he signed into law a bill that violates both of these promises. The Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) gives the federal government the authority to tell every American what insurance they must have, where they will get it and what they will pay for it. Moreover, even as it violates another campaign promise (“if you’re in a plan you like, you can keep it”), the most optimistic estimate expects 23 million people will remain uninsured once the new health reform law is fully implemented.

Now that the Supreme Court has declared the mandate constitutional, what’s next? Mitt Romney says “repeal and replace.” But what should we replace ObamaCare with? Republicans on Capitol Hill are being way too timid. They are endorsing only modest reforms that will not solve the more fundamental problems of cost, quality and access to care.

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John Hrabe on Cal State College Admin pay outrage, & Avik Roy on Obamacare and the Supremes

Tuesday, March 27, on Gadfly Radio, ‎Martha Montelongo and John Seiler are at a conference withformer CalWatchdog editor Steve Greenhut, so I will be hosting Gadfly Radio all by myself tomorrow on, CRN1. Tune in LIVE at 10:00 a.m. PDT.

I’ll be talking with’s John Hrabe about the Cal State University administrative pay outrage. Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Avik Roy will join me in the second half hour to analyze the latest from the fight over Obamacare this week at the United States Supreme Court. Don’t miss it!

Federal Judge: Individual Mandate Unconstitutional, Health Care Overhaul “must be declared void” –His reasoned argument “is a tour de force!”

Those were the words used by Manny Klausner, co-founder of The Reason Foundation.  And he accompanied his advisory with a link to the actual ruling which you can read for yourself, and further comments pointing to the points in the argument he found to be profoundly insightful about the importance of complying with constitutional limitations in the opinion and the authorities cited by Judge Vinson.  Vinson opinion

*Update: U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson ruled that because the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate to purchase health insurance is unconstitutional, the entire law “must be declared void.” Judge Vinson cites this video on page 47 of his decision.

The Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution grants Congress the power to “regulate commerce . . . among the several States,” and for more than 100 years federal lawmakers invoked it for a very narrow purpose—to prevent states from imposing trade barriers on each other. But today members of Congress act as if it gives them the authority to do just about anything—including forcing you to eat your vegetables.
Click here to watch the Reason TV Video that was cited in Judge Vinson’s ruling and read the complete update posted below the video.

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Sat 7-31-10 Join Me for My Last show. Great Guests on Marriage and Divorce, War on Drugs, Doctors’ Tea Party, Women in Film: Writers, Producers and Directors

Join me on the air, Saturday from 10AM to Noon, PT, for two fast hours of scintillating conversation on Outlook with Martha, on CRN, on CRN 1
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My Guests:
Rodney Winters,  on the question, is divorce contagious? We’ll talk about this theory, the impact of divorce on couples, children, friends and family.  Mr. Winters is the author of “Go Into The House,” about his personal experience with marriage and divorce.  
Ralph F. Weber CLU, is an expert on health insurance.  He is an entrepreneur with innovative ideas for how to make health coverage more affordable, efficient and keep it dynamic and cutting edge.   He is the founder of Medi-bid, a consumer driven exchange for competitively bid medical services.  He’ll talk with us about the Doctor’s Tea Party event coming up in San Diego, August 7th, and his most recent post at Mediblog titled Canadian Physician Warns, “Obamacare Rationing is Inevitable.”  

One of the Law Enforcement speakers from LEAP (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition), joins me to discuss the campaign in CA to legalize marijuana.  All of LEAP’s speakers are required to be in or retired from a career in law enforcement.  This includes judges, police and other law enforcement agencies. 
We’ll discuss who is funding the Yes on Prop19 and the No on Prop 19 sides?   Who supports Prop 19, the initiative on the Nov ballot in CA?  What are the arguments for and against Prop 19, and what is the truth of the matter, if you’re a concerned citizen who cares about law and order, and protecting individual citizens from tyranny and crime? 

Courtney Balaker, writer, producer and director who is working in Hollywood, joins us to talk about her most recent projects and her experience working in media.  I loved a short film she wrote, produced and directed a few years ago, called Cute Couple.  More than cute, it’s very clever and thought provoking. And Courtney is a lot of fun!  
The lines are open. I hope you put us on your calendar, tune in, give us a call, and join us for hot talk radio, Saturday at 10 to 11AM PT, and 8 to 11PM PT, one fast hour in the morning and three fun hours on Saturday night, on CRN 1

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The ObamaCare Writedowns The corporate damage rolls in, and Democrats are shocked!

Pull Quote: “The Democratic political calculation with ObamaCare is the proverbial boiling frog: Gradually introduce a health-care entitlement by hiding the true costs, hook the middle class on new subsidies until they become unrepealable, but try to delay the adverse consequences and major new tax hikes so voters don’t make the connection between their policy and the economic wreckage. But their bill was such a shoddy, jerry-rigged piece of work that the damage is coming sooner than even some critics expected.”

It’s been a banner week for Democrats: ObamaCare passed Congress in its final form on Thursday night, and the returns are already rolling in. Yesterday AT&T announced that it will be forced to make a $1 billion writedown due solely to the health bill, in what has become a wave of such corporate losses.

This wholesale destruction of wealth and capital came with more than ample warning. Turning over every couch cushion to make their new entitlement look affordable under Beltway accounting rules, Democrats decided to raise taxes on companies that do the public service of offering prescription drug benefits to their retirees instead of dumping them into Medicare. We and others warned this would lead to AT&T-like results, but like so many other ObamaCare objections Democrats waved them off as self-serving or “political.” Click here to read more…

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Greg Scandlen, Policy Expert, on ObamaCare & CA Assemblyman Chuck DeVore on Cap n Trade, and winning with the Black and Latino Vote: Sat, Aug 15,2009

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This Saturday on the program CA Assemblyman and Candidate for U.S. Senate, Chuck DeVore, has his eye on energy, a fundamental issue critical to economic growth and Americans’ standard of living. He sponsored a bill to drill for offshore oil. It was voted down in the CA Legislature recently, yet it would have generated revenue and jobs and with today’s technology, would have been uninvasive. Cap and Trade legislation has passed in the Congress, but still has to pass in the Senate, in Washington DC. CA has had it’s own version of Cap and Trade since 2006. How’s it working out for CA’s economy? How would it affect the U.S. economy?

We’ll also talk with Assemblyman DeVore about why he believes he’s the Republican candidate who can win in CA, with his bona fide social and fiscal conservative credentials, much to the chagrin of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which he says is going for the Celebrity Candidate for CA, again. He believes he can attract the Black and Hispanic vote in CA, enough to win. He cites their vote for Prop 8 as proof of their conservative values. Is that enough? Can he win without their vote?

Greg Scandlen is Founder and Director of Consumers for Health Care Choices, and is considered an expert, nationally, on Health Care policy. What’s in the bill for Health Care Reform? Death Panels? Rationed care? Tax increases for the top income earners to pay for the program? A blow to the middle class and small business owner? Would we get what Obama and our local Congressional reps are assuring us, a Cadillac health care policy just like the one they all have? Would we really have the choice to keep the policy and the coverage we have now? Join us for hot talk radio, Saturday at 10AM PT on CRN, Channel 1

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Jack Dean on a Big Victory for Taxpayers v Stealth Gov Employee Pensions, Dan Tripp on Beating Obama’s Health Care Bill, Sat, July 18, 2009

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This Saturday on the program:
Jack Dean, Publisher of Pension Tsunami and Board Member of California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility CFFR, talks with us about the importance of CFFR’s recent court victory and more. He’ll talk about the Contra Costa Times story: “Contra Costa judge’s pension ruling is a huge victory for the public.”

Dan Tripp, National Political Director with Americans for Limited Government travels the country setting up state-based, non-profit activist networks and is heavily involved in the state ballot initiative process. His most recent victory was passage of Colorado Amendment 54, The Clean Government Act, which passed 51 to 49 percent in November 2008.

Today, Dan is organizing against Obamacare. His team has strategically organized in roughly 85 of the marginally Democratic congressional districts in order to put pressure on them to vote against Obamacare. Who are the “blue dogs” and why are they key to defeating Obamacare? What’s happening in the senate with Baucus, and Conrad? Can he and his team prevail? What can you do?
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