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Week In Review: The Affordable Care Act Goes To SCOTUS

Protesters chant in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday. (AP)

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments over the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, the contract negotiations between the Boston Public Schools and the teachers union stall out. And MBTA officials recommend fare raises and service cuts. Radio Boston takes on the week’s news.

Guests:

  • Scot Lehigh, columnist, The Boston Globe
  • Garrett Quinn, “Less is More” blogger, Boston.com; contributor, Reason Magazine

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jasmarsden James Marsden

    It’s not all that surprising that big fans of Obamacare are not impressed with the reasoning of the conservative justices. But maybe they could try harder to understand what is meant by an analogy. The broccoli example isn’t meant to suggest that under the current law one may be forced to purchase broccoli as was implied in the show open. If you don’t like the broccoli example then what about John Roberts analogy of emergency services and everyone being in that market and therefore being mandated to buy a cell phone? The point is, where is the limit of the federal government’s ability to make private citizens but a product? The government’s lawyer was unable to articulate where that limit is. But don’t blame the government lawyer, blame the case. He was given a weak case to have to defend.

  • Anonymous

     Here’s a link to the driving video that I think the guy was talking about. Using his unrprepared search parameters you get very little. This was my best estimate of what he was talking about.

    http://video.mit.edu/watch/view-from-the-road-1958-kevin-lynch-7395/

  • Batousghost

    Health insurance is not like other products, and forcing people to buy into an insurance pool is little different from the taxes which support Medicare and Medicaid. The broccoli analogy is wrong because it refers to a completely optional commodity, whereas the ACA law refers to something we will all have to deal with – getting sick. I do agree that Single Payer would have been a far more intelligent way to go, but the Dens needed something they could pass through the wall of Regressive intransigence. Too bad it doesn’t seem stronger in the
    jaundiced eyes of five conservative justices … sadly, most Regressives have simply no conception of social contract, group effort, or common heritage. They all just wanna go hide in their little gated communities and let the rest of us rot. It won’t work forever, cowards!

  • Linda Kaboolian

     Apparently WBUR isn’t looking for contributions from unionized employees — between the commentary on Boston teachers and the unquestioned assertion by Garrett Quinn — presented as fact — that a project labor agreement drives up the cost of public construction without any additional benefit – working people might think their public radio station wasn’t interested in presenting alternative views.

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