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Experts Media Alert: SCOTUS to hear challenge to Affordable Care Act

November 10th, 2014 in 2014, Abigail Moncrieff, Alan Cohen, Experts Media Alert, Kevin Outterson, News Releases, School of Law, School of Management, Stephen Davidson 0 comments

512px-Oblique_facade_2,_US_Supreme_CourtThe Supreme Court will review a unanimous federal appeals court ruling that upheld Internal Revenue Service regulations that allow health-insurance tax credits under the Affordable Care Act for consumers in all 50 states. Opponents argue that most of the subsidies are illegal. The following Boston University professor are available for comment and analysis:

Abigail Moncrieff is an associate professor of law and an authority on health-care law. She is quoted frequently on Obamacare and authored a piece on Boston.com in June 2012 titled “Why did the Supreme Court uphold the Affordable Care Act?”Moncrieff can be reached at 617-353-2212 or arm11@bu.edu.

Kevin Outterson is a professor of law and an authority on food and drug law, drug marketing, and director of the BU Health Law Program.  He also is editor-in-chief of The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics and blogs on health policy issues on The Incidental Economist. Outterson can be reached at 617-353-3103 or mko@bu.edu.

Profs. Moncrieff and Outterson led a team of BU Law students file four amicus briefs supporting the Affordable Care Act, which was heard by the Supreme Court in the spring. The work was cited by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her decision of Obamacare.

Stephen Davidson is a professor of healthcare management in BU’s School of Management and author of Still Broken: Understanding the U.S. Healthcare System. In October 2013, he wrote Opposition to Obamacare is maddening, a point-of-view piece for BU Today. He has also written several pieces on the Affordable Care Act for The Huffington Post. Davidson can be reached at 617-353-7422 or sdavidso@bu.edu.

Alan Cohen is a professor of health policy and management and the Program Director of the Robert Wood Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research. Contact Cohen at 617-353-9222 or abcohen@bu.edu.

 

 

SCOTUS pick up of ‘Obamacare’ appeal rooted in cynicism, say legal critics

November 9th, 2014 in 2014, Abigail Moncrieff, Al Jazeera America, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Over four years ago, an employee benefits lawyer named Tom Christina volunteered to join a team at his Greenville, South Carolina, law firm tasked with reading through the massive piles of paperwork generated by the recent signing into law of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)…

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“There is a high-minded debate going on alongside the lowbrow crass political debate over whether or not the ACA should stand.”

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Cheap solutions to Obamacare challenge could work: Experts

July 24th, 2014 in 2014, Abigail Moncrieff, CNBC.com, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Abigail Moncrieff, School of Law

“Ambiguous” language in the Affordable Care Act threatens the subsidies of millions of people who bought insurance on the federal Obamacare health exchange…

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“There’s no definition of what ‘established by the state means.”

Millions of Obamacare enrollees could pay billions more

July 17th, 2014 in 2014, Abigail Moncrieff, CNBC.com, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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The Affordable Care Act could get a whole lot less “affordable” for almost 5 million people if the Obama Administration loses this court fight. Nearly 90 percent of people who bought insurance plans on HealthCare.gov receive subsidies and will face an average increase in their premiums of a whopping 76 percent if court challenges to a key component of the health-care law are successful, according to a new analysis released Thursday…

Expert quote:

“Unfortunately for Obamacare, the IRS rule at issue in Halbig, which makes health insurance subsidies available in all states regardless of whether the states set up their own exchanges, deals with a portion of Obamacare that is idiotically drafted and incredibly confusing, and conservative judges therefore have an opportunity to strike down the IRS rule, thereby depriving individuals of subsidies and eliminating the employer and individual mandates in states that refused to set up their own exchanges.”

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Federal judge backs Obamacare subsidies in win for administration

January 15th, 2014 in 2014, Abigail Moncrieff, Newsmakers, School of Law, Washington Times 0 comments

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A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the administration can pay subsidies to all deserving Obamacare enrollees, no matter who runs the exchanges they enrolled in — delivering a significant win to President Obama and preventing opponents from poking a major hole in his signature law…

Expert quote:

“This definitely was the right decision. This case is pure silliness.”

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Medicaid preference could strap states under Obamacare

November 4th, 2013 in 2013, Abigail Moncrieff, Newsmakers, School of Law, Washington Times 0 comments

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Abigail Moncrieff, School of Law

Analysts said the Obamacare publicity would have a “woodwork” effect, and people eligible for Medicaid would take notice of the exchanges and sign up for federal-state entitlements…

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“The hardest reality about this trend is that the states haven’t budgeted enough for the new enrollees.”

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Ginsburg cites BU Law amicus in health care option

June 29th, 2012 in 2012, Abigail Moncrieff, Kevin Outterson, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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An amicus brief written with the help of a trio of Boston University Law students was cited in U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s “Obamacare” opinion that was released Thursday…

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Why did the Supreme Court uphold the Affordable Care Act? BU law professor Abigail Moncrieff explains

June 28th, 2012 in 2012, Abigail Moncrieff, Boston.com, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Today, the Supreme Court issued a resounding victory for a century-long effort to create universal health insurance coverage in the United States…

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Supreme Court Ruling On Obama Health Care Law To Have Minimal Impact On Mass.

June 28th, 2012 in 2012, Abigail Moncrieff, Newsmakers, School of Law, WBZ-AM 0 comments

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The U.S. Supreme Court will rule Thursday on whether President Obama’s health care law is constitutional…

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Health care ruling may redefine reaches of federal power

June 28th, 2012 in 2012, Abigail Moncrieff, Boston Globe, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Thursday’s highly anticipated Supreme Court ruling on President Obama’s signature domestic achievement, a vast expansion of health coverage, will probably energize the 2012 presidential race and may reroute the American health care economy…

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