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All Eyes on the Supreme Court

Between the Arizona Immigration law and the upcoming health care ruling, all eyes are on the Supreme Court this week.

Health Care Decision
The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the Obama administration's health care reform law this Thursday.  The court is deciding specifically on the individual mandate that requires all Americans to purchase health insurance by 2014.  If the mandate is shot down, the severability clause comes into play.  The most likely scenarios involve the court’s upholding the law, or removing the individual mandate and possibly the associated regulation of insurance companies and subsidies for purchasing insurance.  ADA has long been a supporter of single-payer health care, but until we achieve that we believe it is critical for the Supreme Court to uphold the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act. Either way, we are committed to continuing to push for Medicare for all!

Arizona Immigration Decision
On Monday, the Supreme Court rejected much of the controversial Arizona immigration law, but upheld one of the key provision making it a partial victory to the Obama administration. In a 5-3 vote the Court ruled that Arizona cannot make it a misdemeanor for immigrants to fail to carry identification; cannot make it a crime for undocumented immigrants to apply for a job; and cannot arrest someone based solely on the suspicion that the person is in this country illegally. However they upheld section 2(B) of the law, known as the “show me your papers” clause, which forces an arresting officer to ask for the immigration papers of anyone they detain. In response to fear that this provision will increase racial/ethnic profiling, the Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R ) stated, "Law enforcement will be held accountable should this statute be misused in a fashion that violates an individual's civil rights." Excluding the decision on section 2(B), ADA considers it a small victory for equal treatment in the country. On to passing a DREAM-like legislation that includes the principles of the Dream Policy Table.

Finally, yesterday, the Supreme Court banned death penalty and life- without- parole sentences for juveniles. 

Fighting for Robin Hood

Last Tuesday, ADA participated in a nationwide protest alongside Jobs with Justice, National People's Action, National Nurses United and other progressive organizations to promote the proposed Robin Hood tax, which calls for a .50 cent sales tax on every $100 traded on Wall Street.  This proposed financial transaction tax would slow down dangerous, unproductive gambling on Wall Street while bringing in up to $350 billion in federal revenue each year, which could then be used to fund essential programs and services for improved education, health care, jobs, public infrastructure and more.  We will continue to promote the Robin Hood tax and you can do your part today by learning more here

Noteworthy:

  • Are you preparing for your “Made in America” Independence Day party?   Learn more about having your own American Made party here!
  • Concerned about student loan rates?  Read Mary Schaefer's blog:  #don'tdoublemyrate.


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