11:14 Mar 29th, 2012 | 1 note

“The economics of saying you get a credit if you buy insurance and you don’t if you don’t are not different than the economics of saying you pay a penalty if you don’t buy insurance and you don’t if you do.”

2:26 Mar 28th, 2012 | 13 notes

bostonreview:

Via the great Kate Sheppard at Mother Jones.

bostonreview:

Via the great Kate Sheppard at Mother Jones.

1:25 Mar 28th, 2012 | 1 note

There’s all this stuff that got in there about creating commerce in order to regulate it. … But quite apart from that, what is the commerce? The commerce is not the health insurance market. The commerce is the health-care market, as [current solicitor general Donald] Verrilli said a million times. And it’s very hard to deny that.

There is a market for health care. It’s a coordinated market. A heavily regulated market. Is Congress creating the market in order to regulate it? It’s not creating it! The market is there! Is it forcing people into it in order to regulate them? In every five-year period, 95 percent of the population is in the health-care market. Now, it’s not 100 percent, but I’d say that’s close enough for government work. And in any one year, it’s close to 85 percent. Congress isn’t forcing people into that market to regulate them. The whole thing is just a canard that’s been invented by the tea party and Randy Barnetts of the world, and I was astonished to hear it coming out of the mouths of the people on that bench.

Charles Fried, law professor at Harvard University and Ronald Reagan’s solicitor general

go read all of this. i wish he had argued the government’s case.