Bad News for John Marshall

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Gary Lawson

Boston University School of Law

David B. Kopel

Independence Institute; Denver University - Sturm College of Law; Cato Institute

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

In "Bad News for Professor Koppelman: The Incidental Unconstitutionality of the Individual Mandate," we demonstrated that the individual mandate’s forced participation in commercial transactions cannot be justified under the Necessary and Proper Clause as the Clause was interpreted in McCulloch v. Maryland. Professor Andrew Koppelman’s response, "Bad News for Everybody," wrongly conflates that argument with a wide range of interpretative and substantive positions that are not logically entailed by taking seriously the requirement that laws enacted under the Necessary and Proper Clause must be incidental to an enumerated power. His response is thus largely unresponsive to our actual arguments.

Keywords: Necessary and Proper Clause, Incidental powers, Obamacare, Affordable Care Act

JEL Classification: I18, K32, K19

Suggested Citation

Lawson, Gary and Kopel, David B., Bad News for John Marshall (2012). Yale Law Journal, Vol. 121, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2586276

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