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Obama on the Affordable Care Act

President Barack Obama explains the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. They ruled that the individual mandate was no more than a tax.

More from ScotusBlog:

Although the Court had four questions before it, the focus of the challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was the so-called individual mandate – the requirement that almost all Americans buy health insurance by 2014 or pay a penalty. Defending the constitutionality of the mandate, the government’s primary argument was that Congress can require everyone to buy health insurance using its power under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution, because the failure to buy insurance shifts the costs of health care for the uninsured to health care providers, insurance companies, and everyone who does have health insurance. Five Justices – the Chief Justice and Justices Kennedy, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito – all rejected that argument. But the government still won, because a different set of five Justices – the Chief Justice, and Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan – agreed that the mandate was constitutional, but for a different reason. Continue reading Obama on the Affordable Care Act

Affordable Care Act Is Found to Be Constitutional

Well, this is a surprise – the Affordable Care Act was found to be constitutional. CNN, the Huffington Post, Fox News and several others were caught with their pants down as they boldly announced that the individual mandate was struck down.  I will be talking about this and plenty of other topics on Local Edge Radio from 3 – 6pm today.

 

Interview with Andrew Koppelman

I was fortunate enough to interview Professor Andrew Koppelman. He is the John Paul Stevens professor of law at Northwestern University. We discussed the Affordable Care Act. We discussed the ridiculous notion that conservatives have been pushing for the last 12 months that somehow the individual mandate opens up a “slippery slope.” This will allow Congress to mandate all kinds of ridiculous things. His answer was thoughtful and right on point. We also discussed the notion of “activist judges.” In my opinion, this is one of the best interviews that I’ve conducted. Enjoy.

Prof. Koppelman has written about the Affordable Care Act here, here, here and finally, here.