Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, September 24, 2012

Health care ruling is subject of Constitution Day celebration

The U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act — upholding the key provision known as the individual mandate but holding invalid a portion of the law extending Medicaid — is the topic of U-M's upcoming Constitution Day celebration.

The event — "The Health Care Decision: Was It Right? What Does It Mean?" — will be Thursday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Room 250, Hutchins Hall. The university community and general public are welcome to attend; refreshments will be provided.

Richard Friedman, Alene and Allan F. Smith Professor of Law, will moderate a panel discussion featuring Samuel Bagenstos and Richard Primus, professors of law; and Nicholas Bagley, assistant professor of law. Friedman, Bagenstos, and Primus are constitutional law experts, while Bagley is an expert on administrative law and health law.

Each panel member will give a separate presentation on different aspects of the health care ruling. They will cover the decision that the individual mandate was not valid under the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution, the decision that it was valid as an exercise of the taxing power, and the decision that the provision of withholding all Medicaid funds from states that didn't go along with the extension of Medicaid is coercive.

"The health care decision is so important in its effects on both constitutional law and the daily lives of Americans, that it became a natural focus for this year's event," Friedman said.

For more information, contact Catherine Behan, Law School director of communications, at or 734-936-3612.