Editorial: Prof. Greg Magarian Responds to the Supreme Court’s Healthcare Decision

The Supreme Court of the United States

Professor Greg Magarian has spoken twice recently at the Ethical Society to give us a preview of the Supreme Court’s deliberations on the Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”). In February, he gave us a Platform Address on the topic, and he returned earlier this month to give us a more in-depth discussion in the 9:45 Forum.

After the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act today with a 5-4 majority, Prof. Magarian was interviewed by the Washington University Record to give his initial thoughts:

“I expected the Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA), however, two elements of this decision are very surprising: the fact that the mandate survives under the taxing power while failing under the Commerce Clause and Necessary and Proper Clause, and the fact that Chief Justice Roberts was in the majority without Justice Kennedy,” says Gregory Magarian, JD, constitutional law expert and professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis.

Please see the article for more analysis by an expert who gave us a head start on thinking about this decision.

If you want to hear more from Prof. Magarian, he will be the Guest Speaker at the Americans United – St. Louis Chapter summer picnic on August 26.