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10.14.09

More on Takings

By Tim Jost

The individual mandate is not the only provision of the proposed health care reform legislation to raise takings clause issues. All of the bills currently marked up by the jurisdictional House and Senate committees include provision for the establishment of “exchanges” (called “gateways” in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee bill), which […]

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10.14.09

“Taking” Legal and Economic Liberties, Seriously?

By Mark Hall

Constitutional opposition to an individual mandate is usually argued in terms of lack of federal power, but the real motivation is the feeling that a mandate violates individual rights. Opponents would be no less exorcised if a mandate came from the States, which generally have plenary authority over social and economic matters. What basis might […]

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10.13.09

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

By Peter Jacobson

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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10.08.09

Is it a Tax? Is it Constitutional?

By Tim Jost

By far the most controversial provision of the health care reform legislation pending in Congress from a constitutional perspective has been the individual mandate. The primary controversy has concerned the issue, which we addressed two weeks ago, of whether the commerce clause authorizes Congress to impose an individual mandate. A different constitutional issue, however, was […]

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10.06.09

Can Tort Reform Bend the Cost Curve?

By Nora Connors

On October 6, 2009, the O’Neill Institute hosted a panel on “Medical Malpractice and Health Care Costs: Can Tort Reform Bend the Curve?” to discuss the likely impact of proposed tort reforms on medical mistakes, malpractice system costs, and overall health spending, and why politicians and the press don’t always pay attention to the existing […]

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10.05.09

Professor Clark Havighurst Responds to Proposal Amending Health Insurance Antitrust Laws

By Nora Connors

Recently, Members of Congress have introduced legislation to change the antitrust laws as they relate to health insurance. (See: Modern Healthcare of September 18; free registration is required to view). Some have discussed including such legislation as part of comprehensive health reform. Clark Havighurst of Duke University Law School is the godfather of the field […]

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09.30.09

A Further Thought on State Nullification

By Tim Jost

I would put this a bit more strongly than Mark. Talk of state nullification argues powerfully for the federal government directly enforcing insurance reforms and administering the exchanges and premium subsidies, the approach taken by the House bill HR 3200, rather than depending on the states in implement the reforms, the approach taken by the […]

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09.30.09

Civil War Redux

By Mark Hall

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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09.29.09

Firing Again on Fort Sumter

By Tim Jost

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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