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SCOTUS Health Care Decision Analysis from AU Experts

WHO: American University experts available to discuss Supreme Court decision on health care

Analysis, discussion of policy, politics, effects on children, individuals, employers  

June 26 - ongoing

WHERE: In-studio, via telephone, American University

Once the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act has is rendered, American University experts will be available to analyze it from all aspects: legal, political, and substantive angles. Who will be affected by the decision immediately and in the longer term? Even if the mandate is held to be unconstitutional, what aspects of the health care law remain valid? Is universal health care attainable?On what precedent and Constitutional grounds did the Supreme Court makes its decision? Even if the mandate is held to be unconstitutional, what aspects of the health care law remain valid? Is universal health care attainable?  

Policy & Essential Elements of the Affordable Care Act

Taryn Morrissey, assistant professor in the School of Public Affairs, served as a health policy adviser on the staff of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, first for Senator Edward Kennedy and then for Senator Tom Harkin. Morrissey worked primarily on federal health reform legislation, particularly child and maternal health and workforce issues. She is able to comment on the Supreme Court decision about the components of the Affordable Care Act generally, and more specifically as to how it affects children's health. For example, she can discuss why the Affordable Care Act incorporated insurance market reforms, the mandate, and subsidies. She can also address other aspects besides coverage that were included in the law such as prevention, workforce, and quality provisions.

Patrick Griffin, academic director of the Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute for the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, served in the White House as assistant to the President for legislative affairs, 1994-96. In the U.S. Senate he held the position of Secretary for the Democrats, and the positions of professional staff member on the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and the Senate Budget Committee. He also served as a domestic policy advisor at the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

Legal Analysis & Interpretation

Stephen Wermiel teaches Constitutional Law, First Amendment, and a seminar on the workings of the U.S. Supreme Court at the Washington College of Law. Wermiel holds expertise in the Supreme Court, having covered the court for the Wall Street Journal from 1979 until 1991. During his 12-year tenure at the Journal, he covered and interpreted more than 1,300 Supreme Court decisions and analyzed trends on a broad array of legal issues.

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