America / Economy / Energy

Damaging Effects of Denying Expansion

The Keystone XL pipeline could have provided Americans more economic, energy, and job security. However, in January 2012, President Obama announced he would not permit TransCanada to build a $7 billion pipeline from Alberta, Canada across international borders to the US Gulf Coast. Since then, Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, has turned to China to … Continue reading

America / Constitution / Healthcare / Rule of Law

The Supreme Court’s Difficult Decision

As marked by the uncommon three days of oral arguments, totaling six and a half hours, the decision of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) constitutionality will not be an easy for the nine Justices of the Supreme Court. Lawyers argued four issues in front of the bench: the Anti-Injunction Act, the Individual Mandate, the severability … Continue reading

Rule of Law / UN

The first verdict delivered from the International Criminal Court

The United Nations drafted the Rome Statute, which established the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2002. However, it should be understood that the ICC is an independent international organization and not under the authority of the United Nations. The ICC serves as an international court system, in The Hague, Netherlands and is supported by 120 … Continue reading

Healthcare / Politics

CO-OPs: a new competitor in the insurance exchange market

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sebelius is given the responsibly to fund a Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) program in every state or expand CO-OPs in states that do not have one.  A CO-OP is a non-profit, consumer owned and governed health insurance organization.[1] … Continue reading