Tag Archives: individual

03.31.10

How Does the Health Reform Legislation Affect Self-Insured Plans?

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Analysis of the application of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to self-insured plans must begin with section 1562 of the Act, which adds section 715 to ERISA and section 9815 to the Internal Revenue Code. These provisions state that all of the provisions of Part A of Title XXVII of the Public Health […]

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03.26.10

Are The Attorneys General’s Constitutional Claims Bogus?

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Immediately after passage of health care reform, over a dozen state A.G.s sued to declare it unconstitutional, as violating states’ rights.  The Florida complaint is here, and Virginia’s here. Reminiscent of southern governors in the 1960s blocking their state universities’ gates, these legal officers in effect are saying “not on our sovereign soil.”  Since the […]

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02.24.10

Nullification, Round Three

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The Tennessee Senate passed on February 17 its version of a nullification bill. The “Tennessee Health Freedom Act” (Senate Bill 3498) declares: (c)(1) The power to require or regulate a person’s choice in the mode of securing health care services, or to impose a penalty related thereto, is not found in the Constitution of the […]

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02.02.10

Another Shot at Fort Sumpter

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The Virginia Senate passed a bill yesterday by a vote of 23 to 17, with five Democrats joining the chambers 18 Republicans, stating: “No resident of this Commonwealth, regardless of whether he has or is eligible for health insurance under any policy or program provided by and through his employer, or a plan sponsored by […]

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02.01.10

Everything Relates to Everything Else: An Interview with Sara Rosenbaum

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Sara Rosenbaum is Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy. The O’Neill Institute’s Lester Feder spoke with her about the way forward after Republican Scott Brown’s election to represent Massachusetts in the US Senate. Lester Feder:  What are the options that Congress has right […]

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01.21.10

Congressional Power to Regulate Inactivity

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[T]here’s pretty much nothing that Congress can’t do and that’s the end of the enumerated power scheme . . . if the Supreme Court were to uphold the Constitutionality of the individual mandate.  So says Randy Barnett in an interview on NPR’s Morning Edition earlier this week, in which he reprised his Heritage Foundation argument. […]

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12.14.09

The Amended Title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act (really wonky stuff)

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The Senate bill enacts its health insurance reforms primarily by amending Part A of Title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act. Conforming amendments in section 1562 apply Part A to ERISA plans (except for sections 2716 and 2718 and others that don’t apply to group health plans), and to insurers in the individual market. […]

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10.14.09

“Taking” Legal and Economic Liberties, Seriously?

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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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10.08.09

Is it a Tax? Is it Constitutional?

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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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09.27.09

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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