Kagan Will Likely Face Health Reform Questions

Kaiser Health News reports that questions about the constitutionality of health care reform, specifically the individual mandate, will likely arise during confirmation hearings for President Obama's latest Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan.

The news service cites a piece in Modern Healthcare:

"Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), a physician, told Fox News that he would press Kagan on the constitutionality of the reform law, primarily when it comes to the individual mandate requiring every U.S. citizen to purchase some level of health insurance. … Aides to Senate Republicans on the Judiciary Committee, which ultimately will vote on whether to move forward on the Kagan nomination, said those lawmakers, too, would gauge where Kagan stands on the issue" (DoBias, 5/10).

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Rachel Zimmerman previously reported on health and the intersection of health and business for WBUR. She is working on a memoir about rebuilding her family after her husband’s suicide. 



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