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The Supreme Court and the Affordable Care Act, Part 2



by Walter J. Kendall III, Citizen Action/Illinois Board Member and Professor of Law, John Marshall Law School

Most of the attention given to the constitutional debate about the Affordable Care Act has been focused on the "individual mandate." People either must have or get health insurance or they will have to pay into the federal treasury an amount of money roughly comparable to the cost of minimum health insurance coverage. Opponents of the law argue that if the law is constitutional it would mean the federal government could make you buy broccoli.

Reflections on the Supreme Court Case and the Affordable Care Act



by Walter J. Kendall III, Board Member Citizen Action/Illinois and Professor of Law, John Marshall Law School


Friends. Last week during the oral argument before the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act Justice Scalia referred to what he called "the Cornhusker kickback". It is a reference to  a deal made by the Senate leadership with Senator Nelson of Nebraska to include as part of the ACA certain concessions and benefits  applicable to Nebraska alone. As far as I know the incident is not part of the official  record before the Court, or mentioned in  the briefs of the parties. Because It is a partisan political characterization of what is more or less common legislative compromise it troublesome that a Justice would one even mention the incident, and two refer to it in such partisan terms.

Panel: Trauma care shortage costs lives in Southland



From the Southtown Star:

BY MARY J. PALEOLOGOS Correspondent March 26, 2012 10:30PM

Updated: March 27, 2012 2:09AM 

A person critically injured in a car accident in Park Forest is as likely as not to die before he or she makes it to the nearest trauma center in Oak Lawn to be treated.

Keep Illinois Medicaid Strong - Fact Sheet


Read the fact sheet below for important information on keeping Illinois Medicaid strong:


Health Benefits Exchange Act - Principles and Fact Sheet


The Health Benefits Exchange Act

Ensures Access to Quality and Affordable Insurance

A key provision in the Affordable Cate Act is the creation of Health Benefits Exchanges in each state by 2014.  These Exchanges will operate as a marketplace for individuals and small businesses to compare and buy quality and affordable health insurance.  Over the last year, stakeholders and political leaders have been working to create an Exchange structure that best serves the families of Illinois.

AARP launches Health Law Guide



The AARP's Health Law Guide—an online tool to help individuals and families make sense of the health care law—launches today at and


Why we need the rule for birth control coverage in health insurance


 by Pam Sutherland, Citizen Action/Illinois Board Member and Vice President Public Policy, Planned Parenthood of Illinois 

There’s been a lot in the news about the federal rule requiring birth control coverage in health insurance. This rule, which was recommended by the non-partisan and highly respected Institute of Medicine (IOM), requires health insurance to cover contraception with no deductible or co-pay. The original rule allowed religious entities, such as churches, to opt out of this coverage. The exemption was limited to entities that employ people of the faith and serve people of their faith. Religiously affiliated organizations, such as universities or hospitals, were not given an exemption because they employ and they serve people regardless of their religious affiliation.

Protect Social Security and Medicare for All Generations


By Barbara Franklin, President, Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans and Board Member, Citizen Action/Illinois

Today’s retirees want our economy to turn around. They worry about their children and grandchildren, and do not want a large debt to be the legacy they leave behind. Importantly though, they understand that there is a right and wrong way to do this.

Kadner: No state plan to treat mentally ill


From the Herald-News:


Kadner: No state plan to treat mentally ill

Phil Kadner 

January 23, 2012 8:50PM

Updated: January 24, 2012 5:15AM 


Illinois is once again planning to close the Tinley Park Mental Health Center.

Citizen Action/Illinois Releases 2011 Annual Report



CA/IL Releases Annual Report

Citizen Action/Illinois is proud to release our 2011 Annual Report.  It was a busy and important year, and we look forward to continuing to fight for the middle class and the progressive agenda in 2012.


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