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The Republican-led House abruptly and unexpectedly passed a Medicare physician payment fix Thursday by an unrecorded voice vote, amid questions about whether the bill had the votes to clear the chamber.
It would avert a 24 percent pay cut to doctors that was set to take effect April 1.
Amid concerns that they don't have the votes, House Republican leaders postponed consideration of their bill Thursday, which would avert a steep, automatic cut to Medicare physician payments starting Tuesday, April 1.
Skeptics of the legal challenge to Obamacare's birth control mandate warn that a ruling against it could declare open season on virtually any law that a person or business can mount a religious-based objection to. If Hobby Lobby can be exempt because of its owners' Christian beliefs, Justice Elena Kagan wondered, what legal principle would stop other corporations from seeking religious-based exemptions from minimum wage or sex discrimination laws?
Conservative-leaning justices took some tactical jabs Tuesday at President Barack Obama's unilateral actions to delay or tweak some parts of Obamacare, wondering if they undercut his case for the birth control mandate.
During oralarguments Tuesday about the validity of Obamacare's birth control mandate, Justice Elena Kagan cleverly echoed Justice Antonin Scalia's past warning that religious-based exceptions to neutral laws could lead to "anarchy."
During oral arguments Tuesday, conservative Supreme Court justices appeared broadly ready to rule against the birth control mandate under Obamacare, and their line of questioning indicated they may have a majority to do it.