Here are ten reasons everyone should attend this Thursday’s Cato Institute conference, “Pruitt, Halbig, King & Indiana: Is Obamacare Once Again Headed to the Supreme Court?”
- The very next day – October 31 – the Supreme Court could grant certiorari in King v. Burwell. Reporters who attend will be able to write their stories in advance.
- Our luncheon keynote speaker, Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt, filed the first Halbig-style challenge in September 2012. (Does that mean I should call them “Pruitt-style challenges”?) Last month, a federal district court sided with Pruitt against the federal government. Our morning keynote speaker, Indiana attorney general Greg Zoeller, filed the fourth such challenge, Indiana v. IRS. A ruling is expected at any time. Pruitt and Zoeller will discuss why they have asked the Supreme Court to grant cert in King.
- We’ve already been King-ed! The Center for American Progress and Families USA were so impressed (or worried) about our conference that they scheduled a conference call with reporters to piggyback on (or drown out) any coverage of our conference. Their teleconference is on Wednesday, October 29, at 10am ET. Dial in: 888–576-4398. Confirmation code: 1635383.
- Case‐Western Reserve University law professor Jonathan Adler, an intellectual father of the Halbig cases, will discuss recent and future court rulings. So will law professor Jim Blumstein, intellectual father of the Supreme Court’s Medicaid ruling in NFIB v. Sebelius, who also played a seminal role in the Halbig cases.
- Len Nichols, who advised the Senate on state‐run vs. federal Exchanges will explain why all this is nonsense.
- Health‐insurance industry expert Bob Laszewski will explore the possible impact of Halbig.
- University of Washington law professor David Ziff will discuss how Halbig critics could improve their arguments.
- The Constitutional Accountability Center’s Brianne Gorod, who wrote the amicus briefs filed by the members of Congress who wrote Obamacare, will explain what Congress really intended.
- AEI’s Tom Miller, who helped launch the Halbig cases, will explore how states might respond to a Halbig win.
And finally, the number‐one reason you should attend this conference…
- Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber will explain his flip‐flop on Halbig. Ha! Just kidding. The real number‐one reason is: these lawsuits have more of a shot than you thought, and you need to get up to speed.