Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=1794562
 
 

Footnotes (125)



 


 



A Long, Strange Trip: My First Year Challenging the Constitutionality of Obamacare


Ilya Shapiro


Cato Institute

September 2, 2011

Florida International Law Review, Vol. 6, p. 29, Fall 2010

Abstract:     
This article chronicles the (first) year I spent opposing the constitutionality of Obamacare: Between debates, briefs, op-eds, blogging, testimony, and media, I have spent well over half of my time since the legislation’s enactment on attacking Congress’s breathtaking assertion of federal power in this context. Braving transportation snafus, snowstorms, and Eliot Spitzer, it’s been an interesting ride. And so, weaving legal arguments into first-person narrative, I hope to add a unique perspective to an important debate that goes to the heart of this nation’s founding principles. The individual mandate is Obamacare’s highest-profile and perhaps most egregious constitutional violation because the Supreme Court has never allowed – Congress has never claimed – the power to require people to engage in economic activity. If it is allowed to stand, then no principled limits on federal power remain. But it doesn’t have to be this way; as the various cases wend their way to an eventual date at the Supreme Court, I will be with them, keeping the government honest in court and the debate alive in the public eye.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 38

Keywords: Obamacare, Health Care Reform, PPACA, Affordable Care Act, Amicus Briefs, Debates, Federalist Society, Cato Institute

Accepted Paper Series


Download This Paper

Date posted: March 28, 2011 ; Last revised: December 14, 2011

Suggested Citation

Shapiro, Ilya, A Long, Strange Trip: My First Year Challenging the Constitutionality of Obamacare (September 2, 2011). Florida International Law Review, Vol. 6, p. 29, Fall 2010. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1794562

Contact Information

Ilya Shapiro (Contact Author)
Cato Institute ( email )
1000 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001-5403
United States
202-218-4600 (Phone)
202-842-3490 (Fax)
HOME PAGE: http://www.cato.org/people/ilya-shapiro
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 1,956
Downloads: 365
Download Rank: 44,954
Footnotes:  125

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo3 in 0.406 seconds