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New Worries for Democrats on Health Law

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As the administration struggles to put in place the final, complex piece of President Obama’s signature health care law, an endeavor on a scale not seen since Medicare’s creation nearly a half-century ago, Democrats are worried that major snags will be exploited by Republicans in next year’s midterm elections.

July 13, 2012

Weekly Show

This Week, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney both campaigned in battleground states. Obama called for an extension of middle class tax cuts while Romney addressed the NAACP. Also, House Republicans voted to repeal the president's health care law. Joining Gwen: Michael Duffy, TIME Magazine; Lori Montgomery, The Washington Post; Alexis Simendinger, RealClearPolitics; Sam Youngman, Reuters.

 

July 6, 2012

Weekly Show

President Barack Obama campaigns in Ohio and Pennsylvania and accuses Romney of outsourcing jobs during his time at Bain Capital. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney says that the federal health care mandate is indeed a tax. Plus, new unemployment numbers. Joining Gwen: Dan Balz, The Washington Post; Jan Crawford, CBS News; Charles Babington, Associated Press; Amy Walter, ABC News.

 

Health-Care Law Will Add $340 Billion to Deficit, New Study Finds

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President Obama’s landmark health-care initiative, long touted as a means to control costs, will actually add more than $340 billion to the nation’s budget woes over the next decade, according to a new study by a Republican member of the board that oversees Medicare financing.
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Judge Pokes Obama Over Court Comment

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It seems President Barack Obama’s challenge to the Supreme Court–in which he said overturning his health-care law would amount to an “unprecedented, extraordinary step”–is not going over well in certain conservative judicial quarters. On Tuesday, a three-judge panel in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ordered the Justice Department to explain whether courts indeed have the right to strike down a federal law.
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Chief Justice Roberts May Cast Deciding Healthcare Vote

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During three days of historic healthcare arguments at the Supreme Court, Chief Justice John Roberts presided with a steady calm and folksy charm. From his center seat on the nine-member bench, Roberts gently mediated as colleagues interrupted one another's questions this week.
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On Health Care, are Republicans Ready for Victory?

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Three days of oral arguments at the Supreme Court have given Republicans reason for optimism that President Obama’s health-care law could be heading for a legal defeat in a few months. But would such a victory for the GOP this summer mean political success for the party in November and beyond?
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Reeling White House Steps Into Health Care Breach

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The Obama White House, beset by a barrage of liberal criticism over an allegedly inept defense of its signature domestic policy achievement, on Wednesday defended the health care law's constitutionality not on legal grounds but on purely partisan ones. “The individual-responsibility provision was originally a Republican idea,” said White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest at the daily briefing, altering the common terminology “individual mandate” to the theoretically more politically palatable “individual responsibility.”

Can Health Care Law Survive Without Insurance Mandate?

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Parties Brace for Fallout in Court’s Ruling on Health Care

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The law professor side of President Obama is highly intrigued by the Supreme Court hearings over the constitutionality of his health care law. He studied a summary of the arguments aboard Air Force One as he flew back from a nuclear summit meeting in South Korea. The political side of the president may need to draw upon his judicial patience as he awaits a ruling that will help shape the final stages of the presidential race.