New Round of Lawsuits for Affordable Care Act

Just as the Supreme Court finally wrapped up its official ruling on health care reform laws, the conservative right won’t let the matter go lightly. Despite statistical evidence that the American public is getting tired of these arguments stirred by the GOP, they persist with a broken record of standard topics. These include ending contraception coverage, eliminating subsidies, and issues with a new Medicare panel. By relentlessly attempting to bring out every flaw in the health care bill, Republicans will not rest until every possible method of shutting it down has been exercised.

By joining the Catholic bishops of America, the right-wing is backing the 23 existing lawsuits against birth control coverage and availability to those employed by organizations with religious affiliations. These lawsuits are growing in power and number, due to support from the University of Notre Dame and regional Catholic archdioceses throughout the country. Though it only attacks a small portion of the Affordable Care Act, the increasing support has shown a more serious approach to taking down the law.

Also, there is controversy that has been put on the back burner that may arise again based on the panel in charge of regulating Medicare spending. The panel, the Independent Payment Advisory Board, is accused of rationing by conservatives. A lawsuit was filed against the panel two years ago based on its general existence and responsibilities to manage funds related to Medicare. The Obama administration states that rationing by IPAB is prohibited, which seems to make the lawsuit a moot point.

Another challenge to the law is the threat to eliminate subsidies, which would be in place from state-run exchanges to help low-income individuals afford to buy an insurance plan. Conservatives see this as a budget threat and are attempting to make a lawsuit to block the tax credits made possible by the 2014 institution of state run exchanges. Though no one has filed a lawsuit as of yet, and the subsidies and exchanges are not even in existence, there is still discussion brewing.

There are several other lawsuits, involving physician-owned hospitals, and other target issues from the GOP coming rapidly as not to lose hope in the battle against health care reform. The fighting will not end, especially in an election year, for an indefinite period of time so long as these changes are being made to the health care system, which denotes a loss of right-wing power. In the meantime, we will watch the laws of health care reform unfold and take effect, and then be the judge of how negatively they are affecting our nation’s health care system.


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