Who's in Charge? More Legal Challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Beyond the Individual Mandate to Commandeering, Delegation, and Separation of Powers

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Pending legal challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are about much more than just the constitutionality of an individual mandate to purchase health insurance. Several cases before federal district-court judges raise claims that the new law would improperly "commandeer" states to enact legislation or administratively enforce federal policies. Some state officials are quietly discussing opt-out alternatives to the federally required expansion of their Medicaid programs. Further ahead on the legal horizon are issues involving excessive delegation of regulatory power to administrative bodies, executive-branch rulemaking that attempts to override past court decisions, and private lawsuits to enforce new legal entitlements under the new health legislation.

Noted health law scholar James F. Blumstein and former Department of Justice associate deputy attorney general Thomas M. Christina will analyze these and other related federal-state legal issues. AEI resident fellow Michael S. Greve will comment, and AEI health policy scholar Thomas P. Miller will moderate the discussion.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
For richer, for poorer: How family structures economic success in America

Join Lerman, Wilcox, and a group of distinguished scholars and commentators for the release of Lerman and Wilcox’s report, which examines the relationships among and policy implications of marriage, family structure, and economic success in America.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
The 7 deadly virtues: 18 conservative writers on why the virtuous life is funny as hell

Please join AEI for a book forum moderated by Last and featuring five of these leading conservative voices. By the time the forum is over, attendees may be on their way to discovering an entirely different — and better — moral universe.

Thursday, October 30, 2014 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
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Join us, as experts discuss their predictions for whether the United States will strike a nuclear deal with Iran ahead of the November 24 deadline, and the repercussions of the possible outcomes.

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Please join Author James Grant and AEI senior economists for a discussion about Grant's book, "The Forgotten Depression: 1921: The Crash That Cured Itself" (Simon & Schuster, 2014).

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