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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Thursday, August 16, 2012

What's at stake for Medicare?

A pointer and a question for Thursday:

1.  Mitt Romney's choice of Paul Ryan for his vice presidential candidate has garnered a lot of speculation as to his design for and potential influence on Medicare's future.  Kaiser Health News has posted a terrific rundown of the issues in video interview form; the clip lasts about 6 minutes, and it is time well spent.  Find it here: or on the KHN website with a transcript (free content, as always).

2.  Do you plan to have your students read all or a portion of NFIB v. Sebelius?  If an abridged reading, how are you selecting the sections of the decision they will read (e.g., the Roberts opinion and Ginsburg opinion but not the joint dissent, only the joint dissent, etc.)?  I am leaning toward having my students read the whole Roberts opinion and the whole Ginsburg opinion but making the joint dissent optional (primarily to reduce the reading but also because Roberts covered their constitutional and statutory points more or less, except for severability, though not quite as broadly).  Thoughts?


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