Tag Archives: federal

03.26.10

Are The Attorneys General’s Constitutional Claims Bogus?

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Immediately after passage of health care reform, over a dozen state A.G.s sued to declare it unconstitutional, as violating states’ rights.  The Florida complaint is here, and Virginia’s here. Reminiscent of southern governors in the 1960s blocking their state universities’ gates, these legal officers in effect are saying “not on our sovereign soil.”  Since the […]

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03.21.10

The Executive Order on Abortion

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Article II of the Constitution states that “the executive Power shall be vested in the President of the United States of America.” It further states that the President “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.” Presidents since Washington have often issued executive orders including for example the Emancipation Proclamation, President Truman’s order desegregating […]

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03.16.10

Abortion in the Senate Bill

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In a document titled What’s Wrong with the Senate Health Care Bill on Abortion: A Response to Professor Jost, dated March 12, 2010, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops respond to an earlier memorandum that I circulated demonstrating that the House and Senate bill are essentially equivalent on pro-life issues. On January 20, 2010, […]

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02.24.10

Nullification, Round Three

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The Tennessee Senate passed on February 17 its version of a nullification bill. The “Tennessee Health Freedom Act” (Senate Bill 3498) declares: (c)(1) The power to require or regulate a person’s choice in the mode of securing health care services, or to impose a penalty related thereto, is not found in the Constitution of the […]

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02.12.10

Could Health Reform Create “A Litigation Explosion”?

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Nothing apparently excites the readers of the Wall Street Journal more than a threatened “litigation explosion.” Perhaps this is because so many of their readers are lawyers. It was only a matter of time, therefore, before they published an opinion column ominously titled, “Health-Care Reform Could Create a Litigation Explosion.” (See the February 11 issue, […]

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02.02.10

Another Shot at Fort Sumpter

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The Virginia Senate passed a bill yesterday by a vote of 23 to 17, with five Democrats joining the chambers 18 Republicans, stating: “No resident of this Commonwealth, regardless of whether he has or is eligible for health insurance under any policy or program provided by and through his employer, or a plan sponsored by […]

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11.23.09

The Senate Bill and the States

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In my post of November 16, Returning to the Articles of Confederation, I compared the position that I expected the Senate bill to take on the role of the states in implementing health reform unfavorably to the approach taken by the House bill. The language of the Senate bill is now available, and, unfortunately, it […]

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11.09.09

Is Stupak Constitutional?

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As you all know, the House passed HR 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act, late Saturday night, November 7, by a vote of 220 to 215. In doing so, it adopted a handful of amendments. The most important amendment was the Stupak amendment, which the House adopted by a vote of 240 to […]

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10.20.09

Federalism and Health Reform: An Interview with Alan Weil

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Alan Weil is the executive director of the National Academy for State Health Policy. The O’Neill Institute’s Lester Feder spoke with him about federalism and health reform on October 15. Alan Weil: I’m very interested in the federalism aspect. Federalism is sort of a meta-issue, in the sense that the question of the allocation of […]

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09.30.09

Civil War Redux

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As Tim Jost well explains, the principle of Federal Supremacy is so well settled that the threat by some state governors or legislators to bar their citizens from complying with federal health care reform is overt legal defiance, or a form of civil disobedience if you will. Civil disobedience might be justified in some circumstances, […]

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