A Conspiracy Against Obamacare

A Conspiracy Against Obamacare : The Volokh Conspiracy and the Health Care Case

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The Affordable Care Act debate was one of the most important and most public examinations of the Constitution in our history. At the forefront of that debate were the bloggers of the Volokh Conspiracy who, from before the law was even passed, engaged in a spirited, erudite, and accessible discussion of the legal issues involved in the case.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 294 pages
  • 160 x 240 x 24mm | 639.99g
  • Palgrave MacMillan
  • Basingstoke, United Kingdom
  • English
  • biography
  • 1137360739
  • 9781137360731

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"The Volokh Conspiracy gave Obamacare much of the constitutional scrutiny it should have but did not receive in Congress. Although the law raises serious constitutional questions, few initially appreciated the significance of these issues. By providing serious, sophisticated analysis, the Volokh Conspiracy raised awareness of the legitimate constitutional challenge to Obamacare and helped advance that challenge." US Senator Michael S. Lee, Utah "The constitutional debate over the Affordable Care Act was among the most vibrant in recent Supreme Court history, and there was no more important platform for the debate than the Volokh Conspiracy. By collecting the leading arguments for and against the constitutionality of the ACA, the editors of the Conspiracy - a blog with a provocative name and an ecumenical spirit - have performed an invaluable service." Jeffrey Rosen, President of the National Constitution Center and Legal Affairs Editor, The New Republic, USA "In the old days, the legal conversation took place on law reviews, and it wasn't much of a 'conversation,' really. Now it takes place on lawblogs and it's rich and highly interactive. Legal historians of the future will find this book an indispensable source on the legal conversation around Obamacare. Glenn Reynolds, Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee, and author of Instapundit.com "The Constitution had its Federalist Papers, and the challenge to the Affordable Care Act had the Volokh Conspiracy." Paul D. Clement, Partner, Bancroft PLLC, 43rd Solicitor General of the United States, and counsel to 26 states in the challenge to the Affordable Care Act, from the Foreword

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About Ilya Somin

Author Randy E. Barnett: Randy E. Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory, Georgetown University, USA and Director, Georgetown Center for the Constitution. Author Jonathan H. Adler: Jonathan H. Adler is the Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, USA. Author David E. Bernstein: David E. Bernstein is the George Mason University Foundation Professor at the George Mason University School of Law, USA. Author Orin S. Kerr: Orin S. Kerr is the Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor at the George Washington University Law School, USA. Author David B. Kopel: David B. Kopel is the Research Director at the Independence Institute, USA. Author Ilya Somin: ILYA SOMIN is an Associate Professor at George Mason University School of Law. His research focuses on constitutional law, property law, and the study of popular political participation and its implications for constitutional democracy. Somin currently serves as Co-Editor of the Supreme Court Economic Review, one of the country's top-rated law and economics journals. His work has appeared in numerous scholarly journals, including the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Critical Review, and others. He has also published articles in a variety of popular press outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal OpinionJournal.com, Newark Star Ledger, Orlando Sentinel, South China Morning Post, Legal Times, National Law Journal and Reason. He has been quoted or interviewed by the New York Times, Washington Post, BBC, and the Voice of America, among other media. In July 2009, he testified on property rights issues at

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Table of contents

Foreword by Paul Clement Introduction 1. In the Beginning 2. The Law is Passed 3. The Cases Begin 4. Decisions, Decisions 5. Moving Up the Ladder 6. The Big Show 7. Argument 8. Decision Time and Aftermath Post-Script and Concluding Thoughts

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