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Is the Healthcare Bill Unconstitutional?

Adrian Moore
December 28, 2009, 1:01pm

University of Chicago's Richard Epstein meticulously argues that it is.  He concludes:

The health of the American people should not be held hostage to such unwise legislation. The Senate should reject the Reid Bill because of the unsustainability of the statutory scheme regulating health-insurance markets. But there is also little doubt that its central arrangements are unconstitutional, and will face serious legal challenge for years to come. Rather than embarking on a fundamentally flawed course of action, sure to spark litigation, the Senate should start over with other reforms that go in the opposite direction: simplify the system so that market forces can increase both quality and access in ways that no system of government mandates can hope to do. Deregulation is a word that has been forgotten in the current debate. It should be returned to center stage.

There is another way.


Adrian Moore is Vice President, Policy


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