There are multiple methods of defanging this beast, and the Republican Party, not to mention numerous citizens of these United States, have several underway. One popular method is the ubiquitous lawsuit. The most important of these is King v. Burwell, coming soon to a Supreme Court near you, which could essentially gut the ACA in every state that did not choose to establish a health insurance exchange.
Besides the court cases, there are also (of course) various bills being introduced in the new Congress that nibble away at the ACA's low-hanging anatomical temptations. One such bill repeals the medical device tax. From The Hill and Bernie Becker:
Support builds for medical device tax repeal
Of all the multitudinous parts of the ACA, and they are legion, the medical device tax must number among the most ill-advised. Talk about the law of unintended consequences! From Kimberly Hart with The Federalist:
Government Reaches Into Ladies’ Undies To Shake Down Women-Owned Businesses
As Instapundit says, read the whole ridiculous thing.
Another aspect of the ACA being pinpointed is the 30-hour work week, adopted because any employee who works more than 30 hours per week is considered fulltime and is therefore subject to the employer mandate. This has caused too many employees' work hours to be cut to… wait for it… 29 hours per week, to the detriment of the employee and the good of nobody. The new GOP Congress is lining up the bills now to alter this sad state of affairs. From Rick Moran at The American Thinker:
Business groups, GOP eye changing Obamacare workweek hours
But it's not only business groups that are having trouble with a 30-hour work week. Several union leaders (Teamsters President James P. Hoffa, UFCW President Joseph Hansen, and UNITE-HERE President D. Taylor) came out against the new doctrine in 2013. From Katie Pavlich at Townhall.com:
Obama Will Veto Legislation Restoring The 40-Hour Work Week
Clearly there's more to that previous article than the headline.
There's been a bit of backlash against the president's stance. From Tom Howell Jr. of the Washington Times:
Democrats join rebuke of White House, back 40-hour workweek for Obamacare
Out: Republicans are obstructionist for fillibustering the progressive agenda. New hotness: Dissent is the highest form of patriotism. Wait, haven't we heard that somewhere before?
And lest anyone forget, from John Merline of IBD:
An ObamaCare Tax Monster Speeds Toward Millions
A lengthier discussion from Moe Lane:
Millions of Obamacare subsidy recipients may need to pay back-taxes.
Here are a few articles I found interesting so far this week. Presented in no particular order:
Megan McArdle at BlombergView: Whining Harvard Professors Discover Obamacare
Washington Free Beacon: White House Struggles to Answer Questions About Harvard Faculty Outrage Over Obamacare
Ashe Schow at Washington Examiner discusses Republicans, females, and the media double standard: New GOP women will have to walk a fine line
Paula Bolyard at PJMedia.com: There’s a Gun in My House. And I'm strangely OK with it.
The other terrorist attack yesterday — Patrick Poole, also at PJMedia.com: *UPDATED* Nigeria’s 9/11: Boko Haram Massacres 2000 in Attack on Baga, City Burnt to the Ground
So glad to learn I'm not the only one tired of hearing smug, insufferable loonies saying, "That's offensive." Andrew Klavan, still at PJMedia.com: Counter-Culture 2015 – Let’s Be Offensive!
Charles Krauthammer video at Legal Insurrection: Krauthammer: “The grown-ups are now in control of the Congress”
That's it for now. Thanks for stopping by, everybody. Cheers and happy reading,