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Supreme Court upholds Obama health care mandate

Posted by Hannah McCaffrey

Fri, Jul 06, 2012 @ 10:07 AM

From USA Today

WASHINGTON – A narrowly divided Supreme Court upheld President Obama's health care law Thursday in a complex opinion that gives the president a major election-year victory.

The historic 5-4 decision will affect the way Americans receive and pay for their personal medical care in the future. It upholds the individual mandate that most Americans get health insurance or pay a penalty — and it was the penalty, or tax, that ultimately saved the law.american flag 2a

Chief Justice John Roberts announced the decision that allows the law to go forward with its aim of covering more than 30 million uninsured Americans. He argued that the mandate is constitutional only because the penalty "functions like a tax" and is therefore allowed under Congress' taxing power.

"Because the Constitution permits such a tax, it is not our role to forbid it, or to pass upon its wisdom or fairness," Roberts wrote.

The court's four liberal justices, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, joined Roberts in the majority vote. They argued for a more sweeping approval based on the commerce clause, but the end result was the same.

Conservative Justices Samuel Alito, Anthony Kennedy,Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented. Kennedy, who was thought to be the most likely swing vote, delivered a scathing denunciation from the bench.

"The majority rewrites the statute Congress wrote. … What Congress called a penalty, the court calls a tax," Kennedy said. "The Affordable Care Act now must operate as the court has revised it, not as Congress designed it."

President Obama, speaking from the White House after the decision, said, "Whatever the politics, today was a victory for people all over this country whose lives will be more secure because of this law and the Supreme Court's decision to uphold it.

"It should be pretty clear by now that I didn't do this because it's good politics," Obama said. "I did it because I believed it was good for the country."

Roberts — a conservative appointed by President George W. Bush— provided the key vote to preserve the landmark health care law, which figures to be a major issue in Obama's re-election bid against Republican opponent Mitt Romney.

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Emerging Minority Leaders in Healthcare Seminar

Posted by Pat Magrath

Mon, Mar 12, 2012 @ 01:35 PM

Thought you'd be interested to know The Institute for Diversity in Health Management is launching a new program designed to develop a pipeline of current mid-level health care managers for senior executive roles. This program will accelerate the preparation of minority leaders to represent the growing diversity of the U.S. patient population.

The course will feature nationally prominent CEOs and other senior health care leaders whose first-hand insights and leading roles in advancing American health care provide a model for future leaders.

Join us on Wednesday and Thursday, April 25 and 26 for a two-day seminar with the health care leaders. The cost is $975, which includes breakfast and lunch both days. Among other things you will learn: 

  • The challenge of diversity for health care leaders
  • How to define, develop and evaluate the role of the CEO
  • How to formulate your personal CEO career strategy
  • To "Run Toward the Roar" – how great CEOs identify and transform risk into opportunity
  • How to manage the CEO relationship network


Program Cost: $975

When: Wednesday & Thursday, April 25 & 26, 2012 from 8 am - 4:30 pm Central Time

Where: 155 North Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606

Contact: Craig Blassingame, (312) 422-2693, cblassingame@aha.org


Topics: healthcare leaders, diversity, Workforce, healthcare, cultural

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