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What The Obamacare Decision Means

Thursday June 2012

Speakers: Paul Howard, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute, Director, Center for Medical Progress;
James R. Copland, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute, Director, Center for Legal Policy;
Avik Roy, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute, Founder, Roy Healthcare Research;
Erik Jaffe, Partner, Erik S. Jaffe, P.C.

Moderator: Howard Husock, Vice President, Policy Research, Manhattan Institute

The Supreme Court is scheduled to wrap up its current term on June 25th, and on or before that date, it is expected to issue its ruling in Department of Health and Human Services v. Florida, the landmark constitutional challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare. On the evening of June 26th, the Manhattan Institute hosted an event including internal and external scholars in both law and health care policy to interpret the Court’s decision and discuss the legal and practical implications for U.S. law and the U.S. health care system going forward.

We discussed the legal holding in the case and its implications for American constitutional law, our panel will feature James Copland, director of the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Legal Policy, and Michael Rosman, general counsel of the Center for Individual Rights. Mr. Rosman argued for the plaintiffs in United States v. Morrison, a 2000 decision holding that certain sections of the Violence Against Women Act were unconstitutional—the last successful Commerce Clause challenge to federal legislation.

We discussed the ruling’s impact on health care reform and ongoing efforts to provide an affordable, market-based solution to America’s health care challenges, our panel will feature Paul Howard, director and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute’s Center for Medical Progress, and Avik Roy, a senior fellow at the CMP and the founder of Roy Healthcare Research.