Monthly Archives: July 2014


Why did the D.C. Circuit Strike Down an ACA Regulation?

By Tom Watts Yesterday morning, the D.C. Circuit decided Halbig v. Burwell, and the Fourth Circuit decided King v. Burwell. They addressed whether the text of the Affordable Care Act permits subsidies for individuals who purchase insurance on the federal health care exchange. The D.C. Circuit decided that it did not, while the Fourth Circuit…


Dangerous Precedents in Hobby Lobby

by Noah Marks Yesterday morning, the Supreme Court decided Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, holding 5-4 that religious owners of closely-held corporations are exempt from the contraception coverage requirement of the Affordable Care Act based on the 1993 Religious Freedom and Restoration Act. Writing for the majority, Justice Alito strains to emphasize the limited scope of…

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