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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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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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02.02.10

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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11.17.09

Reform’s Hidden Hazards? An Interview with Karen Pollitz

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Karen Pollitz is a research professor at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute. The O’Neill Institute’s Lester Feder spoke with her on November 16 about potential loopholes in reform legislation. Lester Feder: I want to start by asking what you think of the reform proposals that have emerged. Karen Pollitz: I think we’ve got a […]

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11.16.09

Returning to the Articles of Confederation?

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A week ago the House of Representatives adopted HR 3962, the “Affordable Health Care for America Act.” In the very near future, the Senate will begin consideration of some version of the “America’s Healthy Future Act” or the “Affordable Health Choices Act.” Although we do not know the exact language of the Senate bill, its […]

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10.24.09

More Legal Issues Raised by Health Insurance Exchange Legislation

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The following is part of a memorandum on legal and policy issues raised by health insurance exchanges, which will be presented at the O’Neill Center’s Legal Issues in Health Care Reform conference on Monday, October 26. The full paper from which it is taken is available here. In my last post, I discussed the constitutional […]

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10.21.09

It’s The Sick, Stupid

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Ending discrimination against the sick is a central goal in health reform; all of the major bills ban health insurers from denying enrollment based on health status. But discrimination against the sick does not end once the insurance card arrives in the mail. Insurers have a menu of options for curbing the use of necessary […]

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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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10.13.09

ERISA Preemption and Health Reform: Should the Department of Justice Switch Sides?

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In my article on ERISA preemption for the O’Neill Institute’s Legal Solutions in Health Reform, I argued that pay-or-play initiatives, such as those enacted in Maryland, San Francisco, and Massachusetts, are vulnerable to an ERISA preemption challenge.  Two Circuit Court opinions present the issue directly.  The 4th Circuit overturned the Maryland law based on ERISA […]

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