CEI Today: Imminent ruling on Obamacare, UAW & Volkswagon, online gambling, and more

Friday, July 11, 2014
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Court Ruling Imminent in Challenge to Obamacare Exchange and Federal Overreach


A ruling on a major Obamacare lawsuit may be imminent. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. will rule on whether the IRS over-stepped its limits in imposing Obamacare penalties and subsidies in states that did not set up Obamacare exchanges.

According to the explicit language in the
Affordable Care Act, tax credits for purchasing federally-regulated healthinsurance on the “Obamacare” exchanges are only supposed to be available "through an Exchange established by the State." But the IRS decided to dole out the tax credits in those states anyway by arguing the federally-created exchange can somehow be “an Exchange established by the State.”  Don’t laugh; two liberal trial court judges bought the argument in cases like Halbig v. Sebelius, which is now on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and King v. Sebelius, which is on appeal to the Fourth Circuit. Decisions by those appeals courts are expected any day now.  > Read more

> Interview Hans Bader



Labor unions should not have the power to take away workers’ right to a secret ballot election.

Thursday, UAW officials announced plans to establish a local members’ union to represent workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga. Ostensibly, membership would initially be voluntary, and no employees would be required to join. In addition, the newly created members’ union would not have bargaining rights with management and could only use its influence to impact work conditions.

However, the members’ union is just a stepping-stone for the UAW. UAW leadership also announced that they and the automaker reached a "consensus" and anticipate Volkswagen management will voluntarily recognize the UAW if they sign up a large enough portion of employees. Once that happens, the UAW would be able to negotiate a contract that would apply even to workers who oppose UAW representation.  

> Interview Trey Kovacs

CEI Podcast for July 10, 2014: The Wire Act and Online Gambling

Michelle Minton argues that the Wire Act applies only to interstate sports gambling, not online gambling as a whole. The Wire Act's 50-year history is on her side. Click here to listen.


Apply for CEI's Journalism Fellowship!

CEI's Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellowship is a one-year fellowship that aims to provide journalists the opportunity to improve their knowledge of free markets principles and limited government through interaction with CEI policy experts. > cei.org/warrenbrookes


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