Is Health Reform Constitutional?
Sallie Thieme Sanford
University of Washington - School of Law
April 1, 2010
JURIST Legal News and Research, April 2010
This article, written shortly after the first health reform lawsuits were filed, considers the key constitutional challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It argues that the law is within Congress’ authority, and that to find otherwise would require a significant shift in Constitutional jurisprudence.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 5
Keywords: Health Reform, Health Care Reform, PPACA, ACA, Constitution, Commerce Clause, Tax and Spend Authority, Inactivity, Individual Mandate, Medicaid Expansion, Standing, Ripeness
Date posted: March 5, 2011 ; Last revised: August 1, 2011