ACRU Asks Supreme Court to Rule on Obamacare Exchange Subsidies

By |2014-09-04T16:46:02-04:00September 4th, 2014|

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) acted illegally when it issued an Obamacare rule allowing subsidies for health care insurance purchased in federal exchanges in states that declined to create their own exchanges, a brief filed Wednesday by the American Civil Rights Union (ACRU) argues.

Unanimous Supreme Court Holds Pro-Life Susan B. Anthony List Can Continue Legal Challenge

By |2020-04-23T21:52:38-04:00June 19th, 2014|

This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski was published June 16, 2014 on

The pro-life Susan B. Anthony List (SBA) was investigated for allegedly violating an Ohio election law banning false speech in campaign messages. It has now won on an issue at the Supreme Court that allows SBA to proceed with its lawsuit, arguing Ohio’s law violates free speech.

Ohio law prohibits “false statements” about the “voting record of a… public official” in campaign ads during elections. Former Rep. Steven Driehaus (D-OH) filed a complaint with the Ohio Elections Commission against SBA in 2010. The pro-life group made an ad that […]

Supreme Court Affirms Police Officer's Felony Conviction for Buying Gun for Law-Abiding Uncle

By |2014-06-19T11:07:12-04:00June 19th, 2014|

This column by ACRU Senior Legal Analyst Ken Klukowski was published June 16, 2014 on

When purchasing a firearm, federal law makes it a crime to make any false statement about “any fact material to the lawfulness of the sale.” Bruce Abramski is a former police officer in Virginia who purchased a gun for his uncle in Pennsylvania. His uncle is law-abiding and could have bought the gun himself, but Abramski made the purchase to get a policeman’s price discount to save his uncle money.

The former officer was convicted for violating federal law in buying the gun. Today in

President Obama's Plan to "De-develop" America Shifts into High Gear

By |2014-06-10T15:28:28-04:00June 10th, 2014|

This column by ACRU General Counsel Peter Ferrara was published on June 9, 2014 on

President Obama’s own Administration officially reports that the U.S. economy DECLINED by 1% in the first quarter of this year. That follows 1.9% reported total annual growth for all of 2013.

The U.S. economy sustained a real rate of economic growth of 3.3% from 1945 to 1973, and achieved the same 3.3% sustained real growth from 1982 to 2007. Before President Obama, it was only during the stagflation decade of 1973 to 1982, reflecting the deeply misguided reigning intellectual leadership of the time, that real growth fell to only […]

The Economics of Replacing Obamacare: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

By |2014-06-02T12:30:52-04:00June 2nd, 2014|

This column by ACRU General Counsel Peter Ferrara was published on June 1, 2014 on

Republicans have not unified behind a single bill to replace Obamacare because conservatives have been debating among themselves exactly what the components of that bill should be. The ongoing collapse of Obamacare, economically and politically, is heightening the stakes in that debate, delaying matters.

But the replacement plan now emerging will broaden health coverage at least as much as Obamacare, which teased universal coverage but never delivered. Moreover, the replacement plan would actually reduce health costs (through tried and true market incentives, proven to work in the real world), […]

A Snapshot of Islamic 'Justice'

By |2014-06-02T11:26:17-04:00June 2nd, 2014|

This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published May 30, 2014 on The Washington Times website.

The world is full of cruelty, but something unfolding in Sudan should interest even jaded observers.

If a million deaths are a statistic, and a single death is a tragedy, this case puts a human face on the genocide of Christians by militant Muslims all over the world. God willing, this story might still have a happy ending if the U.S. government takes it seriously.

Dr. Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishig, a pregnant Christian woman, was sentenced on May 11 by a Sudanese government Shariah law court […]

Transform the VA into a Pro-Growth Model for First Rate Health Care

By |2014-05-27T14:47:05-04:00May 27th, 2014|

This column by ACRU General Counsel Peter Ferrara was published on May 25, 2014 on

The VA (Veterans Administration) scandals show why so many people have been so highly motivated for so long to fight against Obamacare. That is because of the perfectly rational fear that Obamacare will end up doing to the entire American health care system what the VA has done to health care for America’s veterans.

Many have already commented that the VA system is actually pure socialized medicine. The government doesn’t just pay for health care or health insurance under the system for our nation’s veterans. The government actually builds […]

The Constitution or Good Ideas?

By |2020-04-23T21:57:05-04:00April 30th, 2014|

This column by ACRU Policy Board Member and Professor of Economics Dr. Walter E. Williams was published April 30, 2014 on

Let me run through a few good ideas. I think it’s a good idea for children to eat healthful, wholesome foods. In the raising of our daughter, before-dinner treats were fresh vegetables, and after-dinner treats were mostly fruits.

I arrive at my gym sometime between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m., at least four times a week, to lift weights and use the treadmill. During the warmer months, the treadmill is substituted by a weekly total of 40 to 60 miles on my bike. […]

ACRU: White House Rewriting of ObamaCare Violates Constitutional Separation of Powers

By |2014-04-22T15:40:21-04:00April 22nd, 2014|

“Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that Congress gives up its designated legislative authority whenever a president decides to legislate on his own.” — American Civil Rights Union Chairman Susan A. Carleson

Washington, D.C. (April 22, 2014) — In an amicus brief filed in U.S. District Court in Wisconsin, the ACRU has joined Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) and two organizations in support of a lawsuit filed by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) that challenges a rule issued by the Obama Administration allowing federal health insurance subsidies for lawmakers and some congressional staff members.

The brief, written by attorney Joel C. Mandelman, notes that the Affordable […]


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