While the Hobby Lobby case is before the Supreme Court this week, another challenge to Obamacare is in court. On Tuesday morning, a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals in Washington, DC will hear arguments in Halbig v. Sebelius.
In that lawsuit, launched in May 2013, a group of small business owners and individuals in six states sued the federal government over an IRS regulation imposed under the Affordable Care Act, which obliterates the distinction drawn by Congress between state and federal insurance exchanges. The rule undercuts the choices made by many states to stay out of the program, and it will force the plaintiffs to pay exorbitant fines, cut back employees’ hours, and face other burdens. US district court Judge Friedman ruled against the plaintiffs in January. The case is now on expedited appeal.> Read more about the case
Report: Special Interest Lobby Threatens Freight Rail Deregulation
New rules proposed by a commercial shipper lobby, the National Industrial Transportation League, could reverse Congress’ efforts to partially deregulate the railroad industry, which has helped lower costs for consumers and allowed businesses to improve their operations. The federal government’s Surface Transportation Board will hold a hearing on the proposal this week, March 25-26, 2014.> Read more