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The Coronavirus Response Act Has a Deadly Loophole

By Lawrence Gostin

On Friday, President Trump declared COVID-19 a national emergency under the National Emergencies Act and invoked the Stafford Act, measures that could provide a much needed lifeline for ill-prepared and underfunded state and local health agencies at the front lines of the pandemic. The actions unlock $42 billion from the Disaster Emergency Relief Fund, and […]

Thematic Areas: Infectious Diseases


Health Care Reform Hangs in the Balance

By Lawrence Gostin

Prior to Tuesday’s arguments before the Supreme Court, I believed that the Court would uphold the health insurance purchase mandate by a comfortable margin. Unlike the Rehnquist Court, the Roberts Court has not made federalism a signature issue, and justices such as Antonin Scalia seemed amenable to the exercise of federal powers consistent with commerce […]

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Why the Affordable Care Act’s Individual Purchase Mandate is Both Constitutional and Indispensable to the Public Welfare

By Lawrence Gostin

Florida v. HHS – a suit brought on behalf of 26 states challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – represents a rare moment in America’s history. The Supreme Court will determine whether the United States coalesces behind an historical health system reform providing near-universal coverage, or retreats from it. Although Florida v. […]

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