Monday, June 25, 2012

Health Law: What constitutional law experts think

Let’s assume you asked professors who teach and write about constitutional law in our country’s top law schools how they think the Supreme Court should rule this Thursday  with regard to the constitutionality of the health reform law (Obamacare).  What would they say? 

Last week Bloomberg News surveyed constitutional law experts at 12 top U.S. law schools listed in U.S. News & World Report magazine’s 2012 college rankings.  These schools included Columbia, Harvard, NYU, Stanford, California-Berkeley, the University of Chicago, and so on.

19 of 21 of these experts on constitutional law said if the court follows legal precedent then the court should uphold the law requiring most Americans to have health insurance. 

Only eight of them predicted the court would do so.

Bottom line:  If the court follows the constitution, then the law will be upheld.  If the court declares the law in whole or individual mandate only unconstitutional, the justices will be basing their ruling solely on POLITICS.

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