"Health Laws of Every Description": John Marshall's Ruling on a Federal Health Care Law

Engage Volume 12, Issue 1, June 2011

June 3, 2011

Robert G. Natelson, David B. Kopel

If John Marshall, the greatest of Chief Justices, were to hear a challenge to the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, how would he rule? Would the nationalist justice who, according to the New Deal Supreme Court, “described the Federal commerce power with a breadth never yet exceeded,” agree that federal control of health care was within that power? ...

"Health Laws of Every Description": John Marshall's Ruling on a Federal Health Care Law