Professor Mark Hall quoted in Washington Times regarding states’ fight against health care reform

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Professor Mark Hall

Nearly a year and a half after President Obama signed his landmark health care overhaul into law, the growing rebellion in the states — being fought out in courts and state legislatures — shows few signs of easing.

This year alone, 13 states have enacted laws trying to exempt their residents from major provisions of the health care law, while more than half have filed or joined lawsuits challenging the law’s constitutionality.

Some states are hedging their bets by taking preliminary steps to implement the law while refusing federal funds and mandates as the high-stakes political battle over the health care plan continues to play out.

All told, 17 states have enacted laws rejecting parts of the Affordable Care Act, according to a report by the National Council of State Legislatures.

“These are political moves,” said Wake Forest University law professor Mark Hall, an analyst on health care policy who thinks that challenging the federal law through legislation is a bad idea. “The Constitution couldn’t be clearer that the federal law is the supreme law of the land. The only question is whether the federal law is valid.”

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