Three Quick Points on PPACA Ruling
1) Congrats to Jack Balkin for authoring “The Health-Care Mandate Is Clearly a Tax—-and Therefore Constitutional,” back in May. From his lips to Justice Roberts’s ears. Readers, anyone you want to highlight as “top influencer” for this outcome?
2) I would also like to congratulate “individuals exposed to asbestos from a mine in Libby, Montana,” for keeping the Medicare coverage PPACA granted them. The joint dissent would have stripped that away, along with other parts of the Act they deem “minor provisions,” in a blanket repeal of PPACA they would characterize as “caution” and “minimalism.” I’m sure the tens of millions of Americans who will now enjoy insurance define “caution” quite differently.
3) Finally, a tip of the hat to Tim Jost, who has carefully and comprehensively blogged about key steps toward PPACA implementation, even with the “constitution in exile’s” Sword of Damocles hanging over it. If you want to learn more about the “Premium Tax Credit Final Rule,” essential health benefits, or minimum loss ratios, he’s the go-to person.