In his first public comments about the health reform law since the Supreme Court took the case last week, President Obama predicted the Justices would uphold it and that that overturning it would be an example of judicial overreach. “For years, what we’ve heard is the biggest problem on the bench was judicial activism or the lack of judicial restraint, that an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law,” Obama said. He went on to list the benefits that would disappear if the law is stuck down, such as barring insurers from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions. Obama added that the Court would take an “unprecedented, extraordinary step” if it overturns the law passed by “a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”
One of the recorded votes on amendments was on a jab at short-term health insurance.
Plans will have more power to make patients try cheaper alternatives of some drugs first.
The sector accounts for about 1.3% of the Empire State's economic output.
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