Monday, November 19, 2012
The franchise owners of some popular chains are making big changes to offset costs of Obamacare, but it's causing some customers to rethink which businesses they'll support.
Several franchise owners of popular restaurant chains say that the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare will increase costs for small business owners—and in order to offset costs they are adding surcharges to bills, threatening layoffs and more. Apple-Metro CEO Zane Tankel, who owns more than 40 Applebee's chains in the metro New York area, slammed Obamacare on Fox Business Network, Huffington Post reported, stating he would not hire any more employees and may cut the hours of current employees. According to the Huffington Post, John Metz, a Florida-based Denny's franchise owner, is adding a 5 percent surcharge to customers' bills to offset costs for healthcare. But a Twitter campaign has already begun against Papa John's after CEO John …
Friday, June 29, 2012
State and county leadership say the Supreme Court ruling on health care affirms a trail Maryland was already blazing, while Maryland residents remain split on the issue.
Maryland leaders have had the chance to absorb the news: The Supreme Court, in a split decision, has upheld the individual mandate that requires the purchase of insurance as a tax. Although there was some confusion Thursday, it's clear now that The Affordable Care Act will stay in effect, although opponents pledge they won't give up the fight. While Marylanders apparently have mixed feelings about the ruling, the response among Prince George's County leaders was upbeat. They were early adopters of the Affordable Care Act that President Barack H. Obama championed. Thursday’s decision allows the law to stand. “Today’s decision is a huge victory for the American people,” Rep. Chris Van Hollen Jr. (D-MD), whose district includes parts of …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Several Prince George's residents commented on today's Supreme Court ruling on health care.
Do you think President Obama's re-election efforts have been helped by court's ruling?
Much of Maryland is split on Thursday's Supreme Court ruling. Some analysts felt President Barack Obama scored a huge win Thursday. Some officials felt Republican challenger Mitt Romney will benefit from conservative momentum following the decision. Either way, Thursday's Supreme Court ruling—one that upheld the individual mandate that requires the purchase of insurance as a tax—thrust health care to the top of the list of campaign topics heading toward November. We want to hear from you. Vote in our poll. Then tell us in the comments if Thursday's ruling has changed or cemented your vote this November.
The county reacts on social media after initial reports botched the Supreme Court Ruling on "Obamacare."
The Twitter nation waited and watched for the Supreme Court ruling on President Obama's healthcare act Thursday morning. Seconds after the ruling was released, the social media outlet exploded in confusion. Early reports from CNN said the Affordable Care Act had been struck down, the Associated Press reported that the law had been upheld, some claimed it was too early to have a correct analysis. Read more about Prince George's leaders' reactions to the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the ACA.
What does the Supreme Court's ruling on Affordable Health Care mean to you?
Various media are reporting that the Supreme Court has upheld the individual mandate that requires the purchase of insurance as a tax. Stay with Patch throughout the day for updates and local reaction. What does it mean to you? Vote in our poll. While you're at it, don't just vote. Tell us why. Leave a comment, sharing your take on today's ruling. ——— NOTE: This poll is published throughout Maryland's network of Patch sites.
Families USA praise court decision. Rep. Andy Harris calls for the repeal of the law.
UPDATED (3:11 p.m.)—The Supreme Court, in a split decision, has upheld the individual mandate that requires the purchase of insurance as a tax. The announcement allows the Affordable Care Act championed by President Barack Obama to move forward. It's expected that the law would offer health care to more than 30 million Americans, according to the Huffington Post. In a 5-4 opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the majority of the court rejected arguments that the law violated the Constitution's interstate commerce clause. "The individual mandate forces individuals into commerce precisely because they elected to refrain from commercial activity," Roberts wrote. "Such a law cannot be sustained under a clause authorizing Congress to “…
The Supreme Court is set to rule Thursday morning on the national healthcare law.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The Supreme Court is scheduled to rule Thursday on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, signed into law March 23, 2010. In an informal Patch poll in Prince George's County this week, readers seemed split on whether or not the Supreme Court should overturn the healthcare bill. But ultimately 53 percent of the said it should be overturned. "The Federal government has no business: zero, zip, nada, nothing... in terms of mandating anything with regards to health care," one commenter, Patch user tcmitssr, said. "Less than half of Americans under Obama's socialist medical proposal will pay for more than half of the rest of the country's health care." According to a 2009 Rand Health report, nearly 80,000 adult residents in Prince …
Monday, June 25, 2012
The country's highest court is set to rule Thursday on the Affordable Care Act.
It’s an epic decision that could change the way health care is approached in the United States. So what do Prince George's residents think about it? Tell us in the comments or take our poll. The Supreme Court is scheduled to decide Thursday, according to Huffington Post, on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, signed into law March 23, 2010. The Supreme Court’s decision will include a ruling on the constitutionality of the law's “individual mandate” requiring all U.S. citizens to buy health insurance. Opponents of the mandate say it’s an unprecedented exercise of congressional power—requiring people to buy something—and could be expanded to cars to help the auto industry, or even broccoli. Obama has argued that the commerce …