Supreme Court Snubs Citizens Whose Social Security Will Be Confiscated
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“ASPIRE 2 INSPIRE B4 U EXPIRE”
Since: Jul 08
#1 Feb 19, 2013
Despite having paid thousands of dollars each in Social Security and Medicare taxes during their working livesfor which they never sought reimbursementthe five plaintiffs were told by officials at the Social Security Administration and Department of Health and Human Services that they had to forfeit all of their Social Security benefits if they wished to withdraw from (or not enroll in) Medicare. This determination resulted from internal policies that were put in place during the Clinton administration and strengthened by the Bush administration. The plaintiffs sought a judicial ruling that would prohibit SSA and HHS from enforcing these policies, which they believed conflicted with the Social Security and Medicare statutes. A sharply divided U.S Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit eventually upheld them. By its decision not to hear the case, the Supreme Court let that controversial ruling stand.
“"*" Always Thinking "*"”
Since: Nov 12
#2 Feb 20, 2013
Its axiomatic that administrative agencies have no powers not granted to them by Congress and that regulations must be anchored in their operative statute. The rules challenged here failed this standard. Combined with the fiscal irresponsibility of forcing citizens to accept costly benefits during hard economic times, the SSA and HHS rules are an arbitrary power grab. Agency overreach imperils the separation of powers and therefore liberty.
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