I will be spending the coming weeks on the magical North Sea island of Föhr which features wind-swept beaches, a terrific links course, and (best of all) spotty internet coverage. My masters at Liberty Fund have graciously granted me a blogging vacation. The gaping void will be capably filled by Thomas Christina, a dear friend of nearly three decades (and I suppose that dates both of us). Tom became active in conservative politics while still in high school, working on James Buckley’s Senate campaign. I met him at Cornell, as a fellow-trustee of Telluride Association. During the Reagan Administration, Tom was a Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and later an Associate Deputy Attorney General, in the U.S. Department of Justice. Then, in 1996, he and his family moved to South Carolina, and he largely dropped out of politics to focus on his practice as an employee benefits lawyer with the firm of Ogletree Deakins. In this capacity, he counsels clients on plan design, regulatory, operational, and compliance issues relating to employee benefit plans of all kinds, and is also a member of the Firm’s Government Affairs practice. Presently, Obamacare has brought him roaring back to the political realm; among other things, he authorized a very good amicus brief (link no longer available) in the case. Wish him a warm “welcome” and do read his posts: they’ll be great.
Briefs have been trickling into the U.S. Supreme Court in the Obamacare cases. Soon, they’ll come flooding: briefing on the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate is starting today. It’s important to recognize that the constitutional arguments in the cases don’t always mesh easily with conservative-libertarian opposition to Obamacare’s policy—or for that matter, with their concerns over the state and trajectory of American federalism. Continue reading to learn more.