WH Calls Sebelius Lawbreaking ‘Inadvertent Error’ – White House – Fox Nation

September 19, 2012

ABC News’ Jake Tapper asked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney about Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius violating the Hatch Act, at today’s press briefing. Carney responded that Sec. Sebelius had made an “inadvertent error based on extemporaneous remarks.”

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel claimed Sec. Sebelius had made “extemporaneous partisan remarks” during a speech in her official capacity earlier this year.

The Hatch Act prohibits employees (civil servants) in the executive branch of the federal government from engaging in partisan political activity.

The standard penalty for violating the Hatch Act is termination. According to OSC, any “employee who violates the Hatch Act shall be removed from their position, and funds appropriated for the position from which removed thereafter may not be used to pay the employee or individual.”

via WH Calls Sebelius Lawbreaking ‘Inadvertent Error’ – White House – Fox Nation.


80 million hours needed to tackle Obamacare tax rules | WashingtonExaminer.com

September 19, 2012

A week after small businesses warned that Obamacare taxes will eat up to half of their profits, a new government report reveals that simply complying with the new tax rules in the health care act will cost American families and businesses nearly 80 million hours–essentially a whole new tax.

Based on Internal Revenue Service figures, the House Committee on Ways and Means has compiled an estimate of the total amount of hours it will take to comply with the tax rules. The bottom line: 79,229,503 hours, most of which will fall on small businesses.

via 80 million hours needed to tackle Obamacare tax rules | WashingtonExaminer.com.


Scalia was ‘furious’ at Roberts vote on healthcare law, says Toobin book – The Hill’s Healthwatch

September 18, 2012

The book confirms previous reports that Roberts changed his vote in the landmark case over President Obama’s healthcare law after initially siding with the conservative justices. But Toobin reports — as others have implied — that what pushed Roberts away was the conservative justices’ insistence on striking down the entire health law.

via Scalia was ‘furious’ at Roberts vote on healthcare law, says Toobin book – The Hill’s Healthwatch.


IRS: Agents will not be involved in tax audits, pursuing Americans without health insurance | Fox News

September 16, 2012

The mandate in ObamaCare requiring Americans to buy health insurance is poised to go into full effect as a result of the recent Supreme Court ruling. But the IRS has no plans to get agents involved in enforcing the mandate – or at least not to the agency’s fullest extent.

A top IRS official says the agency does not plan to perform audits or penalize those who fail to buy the insurance.

via IRS: Agents will not be involved in tax audits, pursuing Americans without health insurance | Fox News.


Pelosi says Medicare will help Democrats win majority in House – WPHL

September 16, 2012

House Minority Speaker Nancy Pelosi laughed off the chances of a Mitt Romney presidency, while trumpeting the possibility that Democrats will retake the House of Representatives, during an interview aired Sunday on CNN.

Pelosi, speaking with host Candy Crowley on “State of the Union,” pointed to one issue in particular that she thinks will deliver the House to Democrats: Medicare.

“We have been saying there are three important issues in this campaign. And in alphabetical order, they are Medicare, Medicare, Medicare,” she said.

via Pelosi says Medicare will help Democrats win majority in House – WPHL.


The Volokh Conspiracy » New Obamacare Challenge: The Origination Clause

September 15, 2012

The Pacific Legal Foundation has filed a motion in its pending suit against Obamacare asking the judge (1) to rule that, when it enacted the Senate health care reform bill that includes a “tax” for not purchasing health insurance, Congress violated the Origination Clause, which says that all revenue bills must originate in the House; and (2) that their clients are under no legal obligation to purchase health insurance under the ruling of the Court.

via The Volokh Conspiracy » New Obamacare Challenge: The Origination Clause.


Ryan, taking hard line, vows to repeal Obama healthcare law | Reuters

September 15, 2012

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, taking a harder line than running mate Mitt Romney on President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, vowed on Friday that their administration would repeal it as soon as they take office.

via Ryan, taking hard line, vows to repeal Obama healthcare law | Reuters.