Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
This is a special edition of Recommended Reading based on today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on ObamaCare.
"In his deciding opinion in the cases challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (AKA Obamacare), Chief Justice John Roberts first says the mandate in the law requiring individuals to buy health insurance is not a tax. Then he says it is a tax."
This election just became about ObamaCare
"Yes, the economy is extremely important; and, yes, Obamacare is hurting the economy. But the reason why this election is the most important since the Civil War is not because Mitt Romney would make a far better steward of the economy than President Obama (though he would). Rather, it’s because we are about to decide whether to put what will soon be one-fifth of our economy under the control of the federal government; whether to funnel previously unthinkable amounts of power and money to Washington; and whether this nation conceived in liberty will continue to prioritize liberty."
Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, and Alito Dissent: 'We Cannot Rewrite the Statute to Be What It Is Not'
"The dissenting Justices also argue that 'judicial tax-writing is particularly troubling,' since the Constitution requires tax bills to originate in the House of Representatives, 'the legislative body most accountable to the people, where legislators must weigh the need for the tax against the terrible price they might pay at their next election, which is never more than two years off'."
What health reform could cost you
“Among the promises of the health reform law -- now upheld by the Supreme Court -- is affordable insurance for millions of low- and middle-income Americans. But delivering on that promise won't be free. The federal government is set to spend more than $1 trillion over the next decade to subsidize coverage and to expand eligibility for Medicaid. And to pay for it, the law imposes a slew of cuts in federal health care spending as well as a number of taxes, fees and penalties.”
Doctors: We could go out of business
"Doctors, especially those operating private practices, said their financial hardship is increasing, making it 'harder for them to earn a decent living,'according to a new survey of 673 physicians across 29 specialties by MDLinx, a medical reference website for physicians."
Court ruling a boost for Romney
"Soon after the Supreme Court handed down its decision upholding the landmark health care reform law -- including the controversial mandate that individual Americans purchase health coverage -- Mitt Romney's website blared: 'Obamacare upheld. Elections have consequences. Donate.'
And within less than four hours of the decision, the presumptive nominee’s campaign had raised $1 million from online contributions."
It's not all bad
"John Roberts is not a 'traitor to his philosophy.' He is not a liberal. He is, above all else, a very strict originalist, and the Chief Justice of a Court that is acutely aware – and wary – of its role in politics. Understand that his opinion, though certainly not ideal for the Right, contains more good news for conservatives in its pages than it does on its face."