Author Archives: Tim Jost


Firing Again on Fort Sumter

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The health law reform constitutional law issue de jour seems to be whether the states by adopting amendments to their own constitutions can block implementation of the individual mandate on their soil. See the New York Times article, Health Care Overhaul and Mandatory Coverage Stir States’ Rights Claims. Most notably, Arizona has placed a constitutional […]

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Proposed Health Reform Legislation Raises (but does not resolve) Important Procedural Issues

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In our last post we demonstrated that Congress has the authority under Article I of the Constitution to adopt all of the health reform proposals it is currently considering seriously (or at least that the current Supreme Court would uphold the authority of Congress to do so). This does not mean, however, that Congress is […]

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Response: Does Health Care Reform Violate the Real Constitution?

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In response to Does Health Care Reform Violate the Real Constitution? by Mark A. Hall Mark is correct in identifying the individual mandate as the only component of the proposed health care reform legislation that raises a more than trivial constitutional question. The other elements of the legislation—insurance industry reforms, health insurance exchanges, the employer […]

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