Real-time response to the court's health care ruling

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Event Summary
On Thursday morning, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) individual mandate requiring citizens to obtain health insurance would be upheld as a tax. The court also ruled that the federal government cannot withdraw existing Medicaid funding from states that do not participate in the expansion. At an AEI event following the Supreme Court decision, in-house scholars and legal analysts provided preliminary analysis of the court's long-awaited decision.

Thomas Christina of Ogletree Deakins questioned the justices' choice to treat the mandate as a tax, especially given the Obama administration's insistence that it should not be viewed as such. Thomas Miller of AEI expressed similar doubts regarding the decision but emphasized that there are other channels besides the Supreme Court through which the public can influence health reform.

In the same vein, James Capretta, also of AEI, outlined his proposal for health care reform, which entails changing existing government policy towards employer-sponsored insurance, Medicare and Medicaid by moving from a defined-benefit approach to a defined-contribution model. Unlike the ACA, a defined contribution system — Capretta argued — would create a functioning marketplace that would control costs.
-- Catherine Griffin

Event Description
On Thursday morning, June 28, the Supreme Court will issue its ruling on several constitutional law challenges to the Affordable Care Act. At this event, AEI scholars and legal analysts will provide real-time reactions to the decision and offer prescriptions for what should come next in health policy reform. Three of the panelists, Thomas P. Miller, James C. Capretta and Thomas M. Christina, were instrumental in the filing of an amicus brief about severability filed before the Court, which was cited by Justice Samuel Alito during oral arguments.

Coverage of the ruling will be broadcast live at the event.

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About the Author

 

Karlyn
Bowman
  • Karlyn Bowman compiles and analyzes American public opinion using available polling data on a variety of subjects, including the economy, taxes, the state of workers in America, environment and global warming, attitudes about homosexuality and gay marriage, NAFTA and free trade, the war in Iraq, and women's attitudes. In addition, Ms. Bowman has studied and spoken about the evolution of American politics because of key demographic and geographic changes. She has often lectured on the role of think tanks in the United States and writes a weekly column for Forbes.com.
  • Phone: 2028625910
    Email: kbowman@aei.org
  • Assistant Info

    Name: Andrew Rugg
    Phone: 2028625917
    Email: andrew.rugg@aei.org

 

Thomas P.
Miller
  • Thomas Miller is a former senior health economist for the Joint Economic Committee (JEC). He studies health care policy and regulation. A former trial attorney, journalist, and sports broadcaster, Mr. Miller is the co-author of Why ObamaCare Is Wrong For America (HarperCollins 2011) and heads AEI's "Beyond Repeal & Replace" health reform project. He has testified before Congress on issues including the uninsured, health care costs, Medicare prescription drug benefits, health insurance tax credits, genetic information, Social Security, and federal reinsurance of catastrophic events. While at the JEC, he organized a number of hearings that focused on reforms in private health care markets, such as information transparency and consumer-driven health care.
  • Phone: 202-862-5886
    Email: tmiller@aei.org
  • Assistant Info

    Name: Neil McCray
    Phone: 202-862-5826
    Email: Neil.McCray@aei.org

 

James C.
Capretta
  • James Capretta has spent more than two decades studying American health care policy. As an associate director at the White House's Office of Management and Budget from 2001 to 2004, he was responsible for all health care, Social Security and welfare issues. Earlier, he served as a senior health policy analyst at the U.S. Senate Budget Committee and at the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means. Capretta is also concurrently a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. At AEI, he will be researching how to replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (best known as Obamacare) with a less expensive reform plan to provide effective and secure health insurance for working-age Americans and their families.

  • Email: James.Capretta@aei.org
  • Assistant Info

    Name: Neil McCray
    Phone: 202-862-5826
    Email: Neil.McCray@aei.org

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