On February 26, 2015 at a co-sponsored event presented by Cascade Policy Institute and Washington Policy Center, Michael Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, spoke before a packed house at the Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland, OR.

After the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), critics noticed that subsidies for health insurance purchases would be available only through “an Exchange established by the State,” such as the ill-fated Cover Oregon. The IRS actively ignored this part of the law and offered subsidies to those using the federal exchange, healthcare.gov, as well. Four legal challenges were filed to stop those illegal subsidies – and the illegal taxes they trigger. One of those challenges, King v. Burwell, goes before the U.S. Supreme Court on March 4, 2015 with a ruling expected by June 2015.

Michael F. Cannon is considered “ObamaCare’s single most relentless antagonist” and an “intellectual father” of the legal strategy that would expose how ObamaCare doesn’t work simply by requiring the Obama administration to follow the letter of the law. He will speak in Portland just six days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments in King v. Burwell. “The man who could bring down ObamaCare” will discuss the case, what it means for Oregonians and Washingtonians, and how Congress should reform health care after ObamaCare.


3 Responses to “Event Video – The Man Who Could Bring Down Obamacare”

  1. David Appell March 6, 2015 at 9:25 pm #

    “…established by the state” doesn’t necessarily mean “built by the state” or “coded by the state.” It means established — set up — and there’s no reason that establishment can’t be to utilize the federal governments site.

    I don’t understand why so many conservatives are against people getting subsidies for health insurance. Can someone explain that? … Be sure to address the fact that they love their own subsidy for health insurance — health insurance through an employer isn’t taxed as is all other income:

    “Government’s hand has long shaped and subsidized health-care markets, for example, in Medicare and Medicaid (which dominate how medical care is organized and delivered in America, even for care that falls outside their reach), or the requirement that hospitals treat urgent care needs of indigents.

    “But perhaps the most consequential subsidy is rarely mentioned or even noticed: Government for decades has directly subsidized individuals’ costs of employer-based health care, to the tune of roughly $250 billion every year – sums far greater than the annual costs of the subsidized insurance coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act.”
    – “The huge health-care subsidy everyone is ignoring,” Edward Kleinbard, Washington Post, October 15, 2013

    Employees save hundreds and, for some, thousands of dollars a year from this subsidy. But conservatives like it, so they ignore their hypocrisy. And beating on poor people is so much fun, isn’t it?

  2. Paul March 8, 2015 at 8:19 pm #

    So much hate!

    Think of it this way, David: if your employer gives you lunch every day, should that be considered a taxable benefit to you? What about free parking? Should that be a taxable benefit too? Let’s say you work at Nike, and they give you a pass to the discount employee store. Taxable benefit? And if it’s not a taxable benefit, does that mean that it’s a subsidy from taxpayers? Any expense a business incurs is considered a cost of doing business–and costs are deductible from income when figuring income taxes.

    • Pamela March 8, 2015 at 9:41 pm #

      Hate? I don’t read hate in David’s comment. I don’t believe you answered the question he raised, which I am also curious about: “I don’t understand why so many conservatives are against people getting subsidies for health insurance. Can someone explain that?”

      If life were sacred, wouldn’t health care be a priority?

      I supposedly had health coverage last year through Cover Oregon. I paid a monthly premium, but the one and only time I went to the doctor, I didn’t use it. I paid out of pocket because the physician offered a low-income discount, which I believe was cheaper than what I would have paid with my “insurance.” (I put that in quotes because I never felt like I had insurance.)

      Earlier this year I received the tax form required when filing my taxes to prove that I had health insurance. It states the amount of the subsidy I received for the insurance. Since my income was a little bit higher than I anticipated (I work part-time and freelance), it appears I will have to pay taxes on part of that subsidy.

      I’m someone who worked for years and had excellent employer-provided health insurance. Like Dave points out, I didn’t pay taxes on that. Yet I made a lot more then than I do now.

      I consider myself a centrist, and I can’t stand to see what a one-party state Oregon has become. You have to do better if you want to provide an alternative to the Democrats. You can start by contemplating why, exactly, you hate helping people obtain affordable health care.

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