Author Archives: Mark Hall


An Income Tax that Doesn’t Tax Income?

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Tim’s detailed analysis of tax provisions in the Constitution that might apply to health reform is the most thorough I know of, but it only begins to map the issues, which are tricky and important enough that they deserve more attention from constitutional tax law experts. As I synthesize Tim’s points, it seems that the […]

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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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Substance Over Process

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Tim Jost is correct that procedural issues are being neglected in the tortuous legislative process that hopefully is leading to some meaningful reform.  But, we all know the quip about making sausages and laws.  Administrative and judicial remedies may simply need to be part of the long list of issues that Congress comes back to later, […]

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Does Health Care Reform Violate the Real Constitution?

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Is health care reform constitutional – especially an individual mandate. The answer is “no” according to an increasing chorus of conservative legal opinions, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. As Sen. Patrick Moynihan once quipped, “everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” So too for law. Certainly, one […]

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