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Professor Mark Hall leads group effort seeking U.S. Supreme Court support of Affordable Care Act

Professor Mark Hall

Thanks in part to the efforts of Wake Forest University School of Law Professor Mark Hall, a brief was filed Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, with the United States Supreme Court concerning the most controversial aspect of the controversial Health Care Reform law – the individual mandate, which would require all Americans to buy health insurance. 

The brief by Hall and more than 100 other law professors is in support of the provision and the legislation. Lower courts have ruled in favor of it, but if the Supreme Court doesn’t, then the entire law could be in jeopardy, according to Hall.  

Hall, who is the Fred D. & Elizabeth L. Turnage Professor of Law, led the preparation of the brief that can be found here.

“I’m very pleased that more than 100 health law professors signed the brief,” Hall said. “It’s a testament to the emerging field of health law, and the soundness of this legislation, that this many professors agree with the core policy objectives of the Affordable Care Act.”

The high court will hear arguments in March of 2012 on the constitutionality of this particular provision. The court is expected to make a ruling by June of 2012.

Hall is one of the nation’s leading scholars in the areas of health care law and policy and medical and bioethics. The author or editor of fifteen books, including Making Medical Spending Decisions (Oxford University Press), and Health Care Law and Ethics (Aspen), he is currently engaged in research in the areas of consumer-driven health care, doctor/patient trust, insurance regulation, and genetics. He has published scholarship in the law reviews at Berkeley, Chicago, Duke, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Stanford, and his articles have been reprinted in a dozen casebooks and anthologies. Mark also teaches in the MBA program at the Babcock School and is on the research faculty at Wake Forest’s Medical School. He regularly consults with government officials, foundations and think tanks about health care public policy issues.