Federalism & Inequality, Part One

Constitutional debates swirling around the PPACA's individual mandate have much to do with federalism. The core issue the Supreme Court is addressing is whether the federal government has essentially unlimited authority in economic policy, or whether they are yet some areas of economic policy-making (such as whether to compel commerce) exclusive to the states. As … Continue reading Federalism & Inequality, Part One

Uncompensated Care in Emergency Rooms

How should we deal with the "uncompensated care" issue discussed in Tuesday's Supreme Court oral argument on the Affordable Care Act?  One potential answer is a 2,700 page health care bill that imposes an individual mandate to buy health insurance or face stiff penalties.   An alternative answer would be that these costs should be paid … Continue reading Uncompensated Care in Emergency Rooms

In the Land of the Blind, the One Eyed Man is King

Those of you who followed Grover’s link and read the transcript (or even better, heard the audio) of yesterday’s Supreme Court hearing may find the following quote entertaining (h/t Politico). The Source: White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler. “Mr. Verrilli is an extraordinarily talented advocate who possesses a sharp mind, keen judgment, and unquestionable integrity. He … Continue reading In the Land of the Blind, the One Eyed Man is King

A Sea Change on Afghanistan?

The long war is hemorrhaging support among the public. As the NYT reports, a new NYT/CBS poll provides some rather striking evidence: The survey found that more than two-thirds of those polled — 69 percent — thought that the United States should not be at war in Afghanistan. Just four months ago, 53 percent said … Continue reading A Sea Change on Afghanistan?

Today’s Affordable Care Act Reading

1.  We can now call it ObamaCare without sounding partisan or oppositional. 2.  A New York Times profile of "The Most Interesting Legal Scholar in the World." 3.  Along the theme of liberal preparation of the information battlespace should ObamaCare lose in the courts. 4.  Public opinion shouldn't matter a bit when it comes to … Continue reading Today’s Affordable Care Act Reading

Mill (via Capaldi) on Political Reform

According to Nicholas Capaldi's expansive biography of John Stuart Mill, the great British philosopher argued that "All lasting political reform is not accomplished directly, through partisan activity, but indirectly, through the reform of culture."  As someone who thinks political culture is an underrated variable (the possible result of Weber's problematic "Protestant Ethic" argument), I find Mill's … Continue reading Mill (via Capaldi) on Political Reform