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Vandy Law Prof Declares Obamacare Unconstitutional

Dr. James Blumstein, a Vanderbilt Law professor and director of the Vanderbilt Health Policy Center, says portions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010–better known as Obamacare–are unconstitutional.

“Though one can never really know what will happen with such cases, the arguments seem to be in favor of the states,” Blumstein said.  “The justices seem quite sympathetic to the arguments against the law.”

Dr. Blumstein recently submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court, outlining his arguments concerning the unconstitutionality of the Medicare portions of the law.

President Obama has come under fire this week after publicly attacking the Supreme Court by reminding the justices that they are “unelected” officials. The fate of his landmark healthcare law–widely seen as the hallmark of his first term in office–remains in the court’s hands.

Sharp criticism from the court during oral arguments has caused many to speculate that the court may be on the verge of striking down the law.

Soon the nation will learn if a majority of the court shares Dr. Blumstein’s opinion that Obama’s bid seize control of the nation’s healthcare system and force all Americans to buy health insurance goes several steps beyond the authority granted to the federal government under the constitution.

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