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George Pyle
George Pyle has been a newspaper writer in Kansas, Utah, Upstate New York, and now Utah again, for more than 30 years - most of it as an editorial writer and columnist. Now on his second tour of duty on The Salt Lake Tribune Editorial Board, he has also done a stretch as a talk radio host, published a book on the ongoing flaws of U.S.agricultural policy and, in 1998, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. His most active bookmarks are Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Hitchens and Tina Brown. And he still thinks the Internet can be used for intelligent conversation and uplifting ideas.

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Supporters for the health care reform law signed by President Barack Obama rally in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, March 26, 2012, as the court begins three days of arguments on health care. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Editorials/commentary: ACA's day in Court ...

- Health insurance: It all comes down to responsibility - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments this week about whether the federal health care reform law is constitutional. The single most controversial provision in the law is the individual mandate, whether the government can require every American to be insured. Opponents regard this as an outrageous infringement on basic rights. That argument is ridiculous, especially in light of the other things that federal law already demands of citizens.

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Sen. Orrin Hatch claimed last week that if the federal government can require people to buy health insurance, it can require them to do anything. But the federal government already can draft a man and send him to war to die for his country. It can and does require people to pay taxes, essentially confiscating personal wealth to fund the government. These powers are as old as the republic itself. Compared to them, requiring someone to buy health insurance is a trifle. ...

- Wonkbook: Absolutely everything you need to know about health reform’s Supreme Court debut - Ezra Klein, The Washington Post

- Health care has its day in court - Denver Post Editorial

We hope the Affordable Care Act is upheld — and that lawmakers will later do more to contain costs.

- Additional impacts of health care law - Deseret News Editorial

... There is, however, another critical constitutional question being considered by the Supreme Court with these cases that has been largely overlooked by the media and commentators. The issue is whether Congress has impermissibly coerced states through ACA's expansion of the jointly administered Medicaid program. ...

- Health care for millions at stake - Sacramento Bee Editorial

... The written briefs reveal how radical and flimsy are the arguments of the would-be repealers. But just because arguments of the law's critics are flawed does not mean that the Supreme Court will uphold the Affordable Care Act. ...

- Washington moves closer to a consumer-friendly marketplace for health insurance - Seattle Times Editorial

- Health care on trial: Legal uncertainties shouldn't detract from progress - Oregonian Editorial

... After two years of lawsuits, plus an eternity of speculation, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments beginning today on the thorniest legal issues surrounding health care reform, President Obama's signature domestic achievement. The stakes are high enough to make Bush v. Gore look like a croquet match by comparison. ...

- Healthcare law's day in court - Los Angeles Times Editorial

... we don't believe the law is the threat to individual liberty that its critics claim it is. Instead, the most controversial provision — the requirement that almost all adult Americans obtain insurance coverage — is a key piece of a broad effort to fix a healthcare system that is too expensive, inefficient and inaccessible to too many Americans. The justices should dismiss the challenge to this individual mandate, as well as the other claims against the law. ...

- Open the U.S. Supreme Court to televised hearings - San Francisco Chronicle Editorial



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