ObamaCare and Conservatism

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June 7, 2012

Obamacare vs. Federalism

Does liberty depend on the grace and generosity of government power?

by James Huffman (member of the Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity Task Force)

Given the controversy arising from President Obama’s preemptive strike against the U.S. Supreme Court—the President said he was confident the court would uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) because it would be “ a unprecedented, extraordinary step” to overturn a law “passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress”—most people overlooked a revealing statement made by the President’s lawyer.

James Huffman is the Erskine Wood Sr. Professor of Law at Lewis and Clark Law School in Oregon. He served as dean of the law school from 1993 to 2006. Huffman serves on the boards of the National Crime Victims Law Institute, the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment, the Classroom Law Project, and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. He is a member and former chair of the Executive Committee of the Environment and Property Rights Practice Group of the Federalist Society. His research interests include natural resource, property, environmental, and constitutional law.

The tomorrow’s post, the Hoover Institution discusses ObamaCare as a constitutional and political issue.



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