Saturday, March 24, 2012

TPPF Launches Website for Live Coverage of Florida v HHS in SCOTUS

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin. Friday an announcement was made that a a special website devoted to live coverage of next week’s U.S. Supreme Court argument in Florida v. HHS has been launched by the foundation.

On each morning of the trial, will have a preview of that day’s argument plus a synopsis of major news coverage. Each afternoon, the site will have a recap of the day’s argument plus a special daily edition of “Texas PolicyCast,” with audio excerpts from the courtroom and expert analysis.

Throughout the day, will feature real-time analysis from the Foundation’s scholars on the latest developments in the trial. The site will also include links to the Foundation’s research related to the PPACA and the Foundation’s three amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court in this case.

Contributors to the website include Mario Loyola and Josiah Neeley of the Foundation’s Center for Tenth Amendment Studies, and Spencer Harris of the Foundation’s Center for Health Care Policy. Loyola and Neeley are co-authors of the Foundation’s three amicus briefs, while Harris is a co-author on several Foundation research reports on the PPACA’s effects on the states – particularly how the Medicaid provisions decimate state budgets.

This case being argued before the Supreme Court is historic, not just in the length of time being allowed for arguments but also in seriousness of the decision, which will determine if the personal mandate is allowable in Constitutional terms. The question asked is how long is the arm of our government into our personal lives? Does the President have the authority to declare such a mandate?

“The decision in Florida v. HHS will have life-changing consequences for every American, but only a handful of people will have the opportunity to be inside the courtroom as it is argued,” said the Foundation’s president and CEO Brooke Rollins. “ will be a one-stop resource for people who care deeply about the outcome of this case and want to understand what the justices’ deliberations could mean for their health care and their freedoms.”

“Our country is engaged in a robust debate over which spheres of authority belong to the government, and which belong to individuals,” Rollins said. “The Supreme Court’s decision in the ObamaCare case will define that balance for many years to come. We believe this website, dedicated exclusively to this trial, is an important contribution to that debate.”

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