Montana, following Vermont, heads toward a single-payer health care system

On the News With Thom Hartmann: Montana Follows Vermont’s Lead on Path to State-Level Single-Payer Health Care, and More
Thursday 29 September 2011
by: Thom Hartmann, The Thom Hartmann Program | News Report

In today’s On the News segment: Montana follows Vermont’s lead on path to state-level single-payer system, Republican attacks on reproductive rights continue in a new request for 12 years of Planned Parenthood’s financial disclosures, new evidence surfaces that the conflict in Afghanistan is worsening, and more.

Thom Hartmann here – on the news…

You need to know this. The stage is set for a Supreme Court showdown. The Department of Justice called on the Supreme Court yesterday to rule on the constitutionality of President Obama’s signature health reform law – making it extremely likely the high court will hear the case sometime around the summer of next year – right smack dab in the middle of the election season. The DOJ is calling on the court to reverse a decision made by a lower appeals court in Atlanta that struck down the entire law earlier this year. In a statement released yesterday – the DOJ made it clear that it was confident Obamacare would be upheld saying, “Throughout history, there have been similar challenges to other landmark legislation, such as the Social Security Act, the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, and all of those challenges failed.” According to the Center for American Progress – if all 9 Supreme Court justices remain consistent in their previous rulings – then there are at least 7 votes on the high court in favor of the Affordable Care Act. Then again, they will rule during an election – and given that this is one of the most politicized Supreme Courts in our nation’s history – anything can happen – just look at Citizens United.

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