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Health care appeal cites interstate commerce
ATLANTA | The federal health care overhaul’s core requirement to make virtually all citizens buy health insurance or face tax penalties is constitutional because Congress has the authority to regulate interstate business, the Justice Department said in its appeal of a ruling that struck down the Obama administration’s signature legislation.
The government’s 62-page motion, filed Friday to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, argued that Congress had the power to enact the overhaul’s minimum coverage requirements because it is a “rational means of regulating the way participants in the health care market pay for their services.”
The motion also warned that other pieces of the overhaul, including a law that blocks insurers from denying coverage to people because of pre-existing conditions, would be “unworkable” without a minimum coverage provision.
Twenty-six states filed a lawsuit that said Congress had exceeded its authority by requiring that all citizens buy health insurance or face tax penalties. U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson of Florida agreed in a Jan. 31 ruling that said President Obama’s entire health care overhaul is unconstitutional. It is considered the most sweeping ruling against the health care law.
Debates leveraged as fundraisers
LAS VEGAS | The Republican National Committee is suggesting a series of presidential debates and fundraisers starting in August and extending through February.
In a letter sent Friday to several likely GOP presidential candidates, former RNC attorney James Bopp proposed six RNC-sanctioned debates that would be coupled with fundraisers to help dig the central party out of its $21 million debt. The RNC would determine the format, sponsors and moderators of the debates. News organizations traditionally organize primary debates.
The candidates would not be blocked from participating in other debates, although Democratic candidates said four years ago that they would participate only in forums sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee.
Rep. Paul plans hearing on aid to foreign banks
Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Republican and persistent Federal Reserve critic, plans to hold a hearing on the U.S. central bank’s emergency loans to the branches of non-U.S. banks, his spokeswoman said Saturday.
“I was surprised and deeply disturbed … to learn the staggering amount of money that went to foreign banks,” Mr. Paul said.
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