As the Supreme Court heard oral arguments over the Constitutionality of PPACA this week, all other news took second seat. The final verdict on whether PPACA stays or goes is expected in June, but for many, the argument will continue long after that.
Insurance broker Lior Avishay of LBA Insurance, in California, argues with Tea Partiers over the nuts and bolts of PPACA. Avishay took issue with Tea Party claims that Obamacare would resemble the health insurance system in California, and would restrict consumer choice. To claims that thanks to its own health care system, California now only had three carriers to choose from, Lior responded, “I wish that were the case. It would make my life simpler. There are are about twelve.”
Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) made a snap appearance at the SCOTUS steps, not so much to argue for PPACA’s repeal, but to point out how much Obamacare resembles Romneycare – the health plan Gov. Mitt Romney put in place in Massachusetts.
The privileged few able to secure tickets to attend the SCOTUS oral arguments in person had to camp out overnight to get them. Once allowed in, they had to pass through a gauntlet of security guards…and scalpers. Most of the observers were under 30 years of age.
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Students for Life of America, a pro-life advocacy movement aimed at college students, made an appearance on Tuesday, March 27, as the individual mandate portion of PPACA underwent debate. Students for Life protested PPACA on the grounds that the law funded abortions and that its mandate to provide contraception in health plans trampled religious liberty.