Upcoming Cato Institute forum on the Origination Clause challenge to the Obamacare individual health insurance mandate

May 6, 2014

In NFIB v. Sebelius, the Supreme Court ruled that the Obamacare individual health insurance mandate was constitutionally permissible by reinterpreting it as a tax. But this led to a new challenge to the law, because Article I of the constitution states that “All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives,” and the version of Obamacare enacted by Congress was first adopted by the Senate. The case is currently being heard by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, and will be the subject of a Cato Institute Forum this Thursday at noon.

The main talk will be given by Timothy Sandefur of the Pacific Legal Foundation, who will have just argued the case before the DC Circuit that morning. Simon Lazarus of the liberal Constitutional Accountability Center and I will provide additional commentary.

The event is open to the public. Additional details and RSVP information here.

George Will recently published a Washington Post column about the case.

Ilya Somin is Professor of Law at George Mason University. His research focuses on constitutional law, property law, and popular political participation. He is the author of "The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain" (forthcoming) and "Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government is Smarter."
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