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Category Archives: Health reform

03.28.12

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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03.05.12

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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02.22.12

Prevention Politics—Congress Reduces Funding for Health Prevention Fund

By Kelli K. Garcia

On Feb. 17th, in an extremely shortsighted move, Congress voted to cut $5 billion from the Affordable Care Act’s health prevention fund to offset the cost of delaying (by 10-months) scheduled cuts to Medicare physician payments, known colloquially as the “doc fix.”  This represents a one-third reduction in the fund’s current budget.  The prevention fund, […]

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10.04.11

Medicaid Before the Supreme Court Today

By Lorian Hardcastle

With Starbucks Venti in hand to ease the pain of waking up at 6:00 a.m. and the 45 degree weather, I eagerly lined up this morning to hear oral arguments at the Supreme Court with fellow health law fans, associates too far down the food chain to earn a seat at the counsel table, Mormon […]

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09.27.11

After Several Other Circuits Split on the Constitutionality of Health Reform, Which Way Will the D.C. Circuit Go?

By O’Neill Institute

This post was authored by O’Neill Institute research assistant and second-year Georgetown University Law Center student Dinesh Kumar. On the morning of September 23, 2011, a crowd of about 150 members of the press and public filed steadily into the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse to hear oral arguments for Seven-Sky v. Holder, the latest […]

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