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Supreme Court Health Care Decision: Individual Mandate Survives

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 29, 2012

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WASHINGTON — The individual health insurance mandate is constitutional, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday, upholding the central provision of President Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act.

The controlling opinion, written by Chief Justice John Roberts, upheld the mandate as a tax, although concluded it was not valid as an exercise of Congress’ commerce clause power. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan joined in the outcome.

The decision in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius comes as something of a surprise after the generally hostile reception the law received during the six hours of oral arguments held over three days in March. But by siding with the court’s four Democratic appointees, Chief Justice Roberts avoided the delegitimizing taint of politics that surrounds a party-line vote while passing Obamacare’s fate back to the elected branches. GOP candidates and incumbents will surely spend the rest of the 2012 campaign season running against the Supreme Court and for repeal of the law.

Five justices concluded that the mandate, which requires virtually all Americans to obtain minimum health insurance coverage or pay a penalty, falls within Congress’ power under the Constitution to “lay and collect taxes.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Minister and IG face charges

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 13, 2010

The Himalaya Beacon

KATHMANDU: The Supreme Court initiates contempt of court action against Home Minister Bhim Bahadur Rawal, Inspector General of Nepal Police Ramesh Chandra Thakuri and Superintendent of the Kathmandu Metropolitan Police Range Ramesh Kharel for violating its verdict to release detainees. Bikash Simkhada, Dilli Prasad Paneru and Bhim Bahadur Rokka were arrested at the Supreme Court premises for the third time. A single bench of Justice Rana Bahadur Bam then ordered the defendants to explain in seven days why they should never be punished for contempt of court. Nirmala Thapa has moved the court, charging the authorities of violating the ruling of by arresting her brother, Bikash Simkhada, and his friends Paneru and Rokka.

The trio have been detained in the Kathmandu Metropolitan Police Range, Hanumandhoka. The bench also directed the defendants to produce a reason for the arrest within 24 hours.

The trio were first arrested for public offence one-and-a-half months ago and prosecuted in the Kathmandu District Administration Office but when the latter ordered to release them on a bail for Rs 2,000 each, they were rearrested by the security personnel of Lalitpur Metropolitan Police Range charging them with attacking on duty police personnel on September 22.[FROM SIKKIM REPORTER / EDITED BY ASHOK CHATTERJEE]


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Nepal SC covicts Charles Sobhraj; upholds life term

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 31, 2010


Kathmandu, Jul 30 (PTI) Dealing a body blow to ‘bikini killer’ Charles Sobhraj’s freedom bid, Nepal’s Supreme Court today convicted the Indian-origin criminal in a sensational murder case of an American tourist and upheld the life term awarded to him by lower courts. Read the rest of this entry »

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