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Supreme Court appears willing to leave Obamacare in place

first_img– Advertisement – The court’s six conservatives seemed sympathetic to arguments made by Kyle Hawkins, the Texas Solicitor General, and acting Justice Department Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall that the individual mandate became unconstitutional when it was stripped of an accompanying penalty.But Roberts and Kavanaugh suggested that would not doom the rest of the law.“I think it’s hard for you to argue that Congress intended the entire act to fall if the mandate was struck down,” Roberts told Hawkins. Roberts was appointed by President George W. Bush.Roberts acknowledged that some Republican lawmakers may have wanted the Supreme Court to strike down the law, “but that’s not our job.”Kavanaugh told Donald Verrilli, who was solicitor general under former President Barack Obama, that “I tend to agree with you that this is a very straightforward case” and that under the court’s precedents “we would excise the mandate and leave the rest of the act in place.”Later, Kavanaugh told Hawkins that it “sure seems” like Congress in 2017 wanted to lower the individual mandate penalty without getting rid of the Affordable Care Act’s other provisions, such as its protections for those with preexisting conditions.The court’s three liberals, Justice Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan are expected to side with California and a coalition of other Democratic-led states that are defending Obamacare. It takes five votes to gain a majority on the nine-judge panel.Two lower courts sided with Texas, including the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals court, that the individual mandate was unlawful. The appeals court did not say whether the rest of the Affordable Care Act would also have to be struck down.Arguments, which were scheduled to last for 80 minutes, began at 10 a.m. ET and were continuing around 12 p.m. ET.A decision is expected toward the end of June.The case is known as California v. Texas, No. 19-840.This is breaking news. Check back for updates.  – Advertisement – A demonstrator holds a sign in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, on November 10, 2020, as the high court opened arguments in the long-brewing case over the constitutionality of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, under which then-president Barack Obama’s government sought to extend health insurance to people who could not afford it.Nicholas Kamm | AFP | Getty Imagescenter_img The Affordable Care Act seems likely to withstand its third challenge at the Supreme Court.Several of the court’s conservatives on Tuesday expressed an unwillingness to strike down the landmark legislation during oral arguments in a case brought by red states seeking to eliminate the law.Chief Justice John Roberts, who cast the key vote in 2012 upholding Obamacare, and Justice Brett Kavanaugh, an appointee of President Donald Trump, both suggested that the court may cast aside a challenged provision of the law, known as the individual mandate, while leaving the rest of it standing.- Advertisement – The individual mandate provision, as enacted in 2010, requires most Americans to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty. The GOP-controlled Congress reduced the penalty to $0 in 2017.The Supreme Court upheld the mandate in 2012 under Congress’s taxing power, but Texas and other Republican-led states argued that the reduction of the penalty made that justification no longer workable, and as a result the whole Affordable Care Act must be struck down. The Trump administration, via the Department of Justice, argued in favor of the red states’ challenge.Health-care activists warned that if the Supreme Court struck down the Affordable Care Act, more than 20 million people could lose their insurance. The dispute, which was argued in the shadow of last week’s presidential election, was a central focus of Democrats during the confirmation hearings for Justice Amy Coney Barrett last month.- Advertisement –last_img read more

KCCA FC targets second spot as UPL action returns

first_imgMike Mutebi(left) addressing the media on Tuesday morning. Right is striker Shaban Muhammad(photo by shaban lubega)Azam Uganda Premier LeagueKCCA FC vs URA FCStarTimes Stadium, LugogoTuesday, 24-04-2018 @04:00pmKCCA FC will enter Tuesday’s league encounter at home to URA with second spot top priority on their agenda.The Kasasiro Boys are currently third on the table with 45 points from 23 games and seat four(points) behind leaders SC Villa who have played one more game than KCCA.They are expected to be without the injured trio of Muzamir Mutyaba, Derrick Nsibambi and Ibrahim Saddam Juma.However, they will be welcoming back U20 stars, Julius Poloto and Allan Okello who were away with the Hippos and did not take part in the 1-0 win over Kitara in the Uganda Cup over the weekend.“We are going to approach the game the same way we have been approaching other league games,” said Mike Mutebi in the post match press conference at the StarTimes stadium Lugogo on Tuesday.“We know it is not going to be easy as they(URA) are a very good footballing side that loves to play and the fact that we have a good pitch, it will entice them to try and impose their style on us.“They also have a well educated manager in Nkata(Paul) who will surely know his way around us which makes it a whole lot harder.Asked about the goal scoring issues that seem to be persistently affecting URA, Mutebi had this to say.“Yes we are not scoring as much as we should which is so worrying.“When you look at how the season is unfolding, there is a very big chance that it may go down to the wire and may be decided on goals.“The good thing is that we are currently the league top scorers but we need more goals and luckily for us, we have started scoring again.For URA, they have had a disappointing season as far, knocked out of the Uganda cup in the round of 64 by fourth division side KJT and seat only six points away from relegation.With only five games left to play in the season, they will know that it is still possible to be relegated as the teams below them have started picking up wins and will go into Tuesday’s game on the hunt for maximum points.Match Stats:This fixture has not witnessed an away win since November 2013 when KCCA defeated URA 3-2 at the Mehtah Stadium in Lugazi. In that period, there has been five home victories and three draws, including the last two games.The reverse fixture last season ended 2-2 with also the first meeting this campaign ending 0-0 at Namboole.URA has not won away to KCCA since May 2011. The Tax Collectors have lost three and drawn as many of their last six visits to the two time league defending champions.KCCA go into the fixture having scored in each of their last 11 league games at home to URA, managing 16 goals in the process whilst conceding nine.The Kasasiro Boys are undefeated in any of their last 14 games in all competitions(W9 D5). The last time KCCA lost a game was in the CAF Champions League when Madagascan side CNaPS Sport defeated them 2-1 in Antananarivo.In the league, the Kasasiro Boys have gone 11 games without succumbing to a loss(W6 D5). Their last defeat came at the hands of Proline on 24-Nov-2017.In the recent past, Mike Mutebi’s charges have been impeccable at home, losing only one of their last 29 league games(W22 D6).For URA, they have won only one of their last six games in the league(D2 L3). The victory came at home to Kirinya JSS at the start of the month.Away from home, Paul Nkata’s men have won only two of their 12 fixtures all season(D2 L8).Other Matches to be played on Tuesday:-UPDF FC vs Bul FC @04:30pm-Soana FC vs Proline SC @04:30pm-Vipers SC vs Masavu FC @04:30pmComments Tags: Azam UPLKCCA FCMike MutebiPaul NkataSC VillaShaban MuhammadURA FClast_img read more