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June 4, 2012 – Up or Down on ObamaCare:  Texas Attorneys to Hear Live Debate

David Rivkin and Harvard Law Prof to Face Off June 15

Washington D.C. – As the U.S. awaits the Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), the various factions pro and con continue to line up and weigh in on both whether and how the controversial law will stand.  David Rivkin, who led the 26-state case against the U.S. government in Florida’s 11th District Court (whose judge, Roger Vinson, ruled in the plaintiffs’ favor, will meet Harvard Law professor Einer Elhauge, author of amicus briefs that assert the legality of the individual mandate.  The debate is scheduled for 9:00 am, on Friday, June 15, at the Texas Bar Association’s Annual Conference in Houston.

For more information on the debate and the conference, visit For more information about David Rivkin, visit

May 7, 2012 – “The Healthcare Law and You” – Demystified A source forwards this copy of a 20-page Obama Administration PowerPoint presentation, circulated by the Department of Health and Human Services to allies. The aim: Making the unpopular law more politically saleable. Read the whole thing here.

March 26, 2012 – *This Just In* The SCOTUS will release same day audio of the ObamaCare Oral Arguments. First MP3 will be available at 1 p.m. EST today here:

March 26, 2012 – *Breaking* Supreme Court Hearings on ObamaCare March 26 – 28.  – Follow @ObamaCare411 on Twitter for the latest!

March 23, 2012 – Liberty and ObamaCare – Few legal cases in the modern era are as consequential, or as defining, as the challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that the Supreme Court hears beginning Monday. The powers that the Obama Administration is claiming change the structure of the American government as it has existed for 225 years. Thus has the health-care law provoked an unprecedented and unnecessary constitutional showdown that endangers individual liberty.

It is a remarkable moment. The High Court has scheduled the longest oral arguments in nearly a half-century: five and a half hours, spread over three days. Yet Democrats, the liberal legal establishment and the press corps spent most of 2010 and 2011 deriding the government of limited and enumerated powers of Article I as a quaint artifact of the 18th century. Now even President Obama and his staff seem to grasp their constitutional gamble. (Wall Street Journal) More > …

January 13, 2012 – Archive: But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it” Watch the trailer that started it all! (YouTube) More > …

Happy Birthday ObamaCare!

January 10, 2012 – Night of the living dead  You’ve heard of Christmas in July, but Halloween in January?  In case you missed, Friday was a big day for those following the Obamacare litigation, as the first briefs arrived at the Supreme Court clerk’s office… (National Review Online) More > ….

October 5, 2011  – Think you heard the last of ObamaCare?

Ed Meese and David Rivkin to lead ObamaCare panel at Heritage Foundation

Published October 4, 2011

By Staff

Former White House lawyer and leading conservative commentator, David Rivkin, was the first to outline the constitutional challenge to ObamaCare that will soon go before the Supreme Court.

ObamaCare, officially called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, marks the first time in history that the federal government has required every person to purchase a commercial product or service.

As part of its “Preserve the Constitution” series, the Heritage Foundation is presenting an expert panel, headlined by David Rivkin, to discuss the case on Nov. 3 at Lehrman Auditorium in D.C. from noon to 1 p.m.

Other speakers include: Todd Gaziano, director of the Center for Legal & Judicial Studies; Michael Carvin, partner at Jones Day and lawyer for the National Federation of Independent Business; and Andrew Grossman, a visiting fellow and moderator with the Heritage Foundation.

The panel will be hosted by Edwin Meese III, Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow in Public Policy and Chairman of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies.

Among the questions that will be discussed: Is there any limit to what Congress can require? Does the Commerce Clause, which some argue has already been stretched beyond recognition, grant Congress the power to force citizens to purchase broccoli? What do the text of the Constitution and Supreme Court precedent suggest? When is the Supreme Court likely to review the case? Will the Supreme Court strike down the individual mandate, but leave the rest of ObamaCare standing?

David Rivkin is highly regarded for his award-winning legal writing in major publications such as The Wall Street Journal. Most recently, he was awarded the prestigious 2011 Burton Award for Legal Achievement for his writing in The Washington Post.

For more information on how to attend or watch online, visit:

David Rivkin’s ObamaCare articles, such as The Wall Street Journal’s “Is government health care unconstitutional?”, and other writings can be found at



General Motors and UAW get covert ObamaCare waivers!

In Politics Watch on 04/2011 at 8:51 AM

The Obama Administration continues to find ways to funnel taxpayer funds to General Motors and the UAW. A hidden bailout was recently uncovered buried within the Obamacare bill. This latest giveaway goes by the name of “Early Retiree Reinsurance Program” or ERRP for short (National Legal And Policy Center) More > …

Polly wants a cracker? Well, Weiner wants a waiver!

In Politics Watch on 03/2011 at 10:57 AM

Yes, Rep. Anthony Weiner said Wednesday he was looking into how a health law waiver might work for New York City. (Fox NewsMore > …

Top 12 worst features of ObamaCare

In ObamaCare on 03/2011 at 10:47 AM

Between the 1099, waivers, Death Panels and Medicaid/Medicare drama, ObamaCare is truly one hot mess of a law and we just can’t seem to destroy the darn thing! (Investors Business Daily) More > …

Waivers, waivers, waivers!

In How It Affects You on 03/2011 at 9:14 PM

“It’s simple, really: If Congress intended to institute a waiver process for this particular provision of ObamaCare, they would have included it in the legislation. It seems clear, then, that Congress never intended to award waivers for this provision of the law. In doing so, HHS has overstepped its authority.” (Heritage) More > …

Waivers gone wild!

In Breaking, ObamaCare on 03/2011 at 11:39 AM

Department of Horrible Health Services (HHS) grants another 126 waivers, bringing the total to over 1,000. (OfficialWire) More > …

List of missed ObamaCare deadlines grows

In How It Affects You on 02/2011 at 9:53 AM

“First, HHS missed the deadline mandated by the new law to create high-risk pools for those who could not obtain health insurance due to chronic illness. Next, it didn’t create the two task forces on improving access to health care in Alaska and breast cancer education on time. The list doesn’t end there…” (Heritage) More > …

Sebelius considering waivers to entire states?

In Politics Watch on 02/2011 at 11:54 AM

“In response to states who have requested ‘waivers’ from some of the healthcare law’s requirements, Secretary Sebelius responded: ‘I continue to review what authority, if any, I have to waive the maintenance of effort under current law.”’ (Breitbart) More > …

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Mitch Daniels’ appeal for sanity: new plans for ObamaCare

In Politics Watch on 02/2011 at 2:33 PM

If you missed Indiana Governor’s ideas on how to improve ObamaCare, wait no longer. Two of his ideas in particular, waiving benefit mandates, and moving Medicaid beneficiaries into the exchanges, deserve more discussion from both parties. (Wall Street Journal) More > …

Good riddance 1099 mandate

In How It Affects You on 02/2011 at 12:53 PM

Fail on the full repeal, but score on the 1099. We can now breathe a bit more. (Cato @ Liberty) More > …

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