NFIB news: Clean Air Act, Obamacare


The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the EPA’s misuse of the Clean Air Act (see in regulating stationary sources of greenhouse gases, according to the National Federation of Independent Businesses. This will protect small family farms, manufacturers and restaurant owners from more paperwork and fines, the NFIB said.


Also, the Congressional Budget Office dropped efforts to track the budget deficit impact of Obamacare, the NFIB reported.


In March 2010, just before the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was enacted, the Congressional Budget Office and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, estimated the law would reduce budget deficits by $124 billion over the period 2010-2019. However, earlier this month, the CBO announced that it would no longer attempt to estimate the budget impact of the law, despite a request from a member of Congress.


The CBO said, “In the four years since those estimates were produced, there have been significant changes in the economic outlook, in the health care and health care financing systems, in CBO and JCT’s estimating methodologies, in provisions of law that relate to the ACA, and in the implementation of the ACA as guided by judicial decisions and administrative actions. All of those changes could affect the impact of the ACA on budget deficits, potentially in significant ways.”