Author Archives: Nicholas Bagley

Some of Trump’s Most Devious Lies Are About Health Care

by Nicholas Bagley — Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019

I’ve got an op-ed in the New York Times today that explores how the Trump administration is using executive power in the health-care space. It’s not a pretty picture. As Democrats debate the best way to achieve universal coverage and lower health care costs, the Trump administration has a different approach to the challenges of our […]

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Michigan’s ban on flavored vaping products

by Nicholas Bagley — Friday, Oct. 25, 2019

Last month, Michigan became the first state in the country to ban the sale of flavored vaping products. The ban came in an emergency rule that, with the governor’s approval, took effect immediately and allowed the state to temporarily bypass notice and comment. Sellers of the products sued, and ten days ago, a state judge […]

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The Rise of the Know-Nothing Judge

by Nicholas Bagley — Monday, July 15, 2019

That’s the headline of a new piece of mine in the Atlantic. It focuses on the oral argument before the Fifth Circuit in Texas v. United States, and the apparent willingness of two Republican-appointed judges to entertain seriously the notion of invalidating the entire ACA. How did it come to this? What the hell is […]

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Silver bullets, blue pencils, and the future of the ACA

by Nicholas Bagley — Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Yesterday, the Fifth Circuit heard oral argument in Texas v. United States. It was pretty brutal: consistent with the reporting, the two Republican-appointed judges on the panel appeared receptive to the argument that the Affordable Care Act should be declared invalid. (The Democrat-appointed judge was silent.) Just how receptive is hard to say, and it’s […]

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Background on Texas v. United States

by Nicholas Bagley — Monday, July 8, 2019

The Fifth Circuit will hear oral argument tomorrow in Texas v. United States, a sweeping challenge to the Affordable Care Act arising out of Congress’s decision, in late 2017, to eliminate the penalty for going without insurance. The case should never have been taken seriously. The red states that brought the suit don’t have standing […]

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The Justice Department’s New Brief in Texas v. United States

by Nicholas Bagley — Thursday, July 4, 2019

Last week, the Fifth Circuit asked the parties to Texas v. United States—the broadside challenge to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act—to submit letter briefs on whether anyone had standing to appeal. (Jonathan Adler has offered excellent analysis of that order here.) Though the briefs won’t all be filed until Friday, the Justice Department […]

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The Supreme Court Will Hear the Risk Corridor Cases

by Nicholas Bagley — Monday, June 24, 2019

In a surprise, the Supreme Court agreed this morning to hear cases arising out of the risk corridor mess. At issue is $12 billion in federal money, and the case’s outcome will hinge on what Congress meant when it placed limits on the use of appropriated funds in an effort to sabotage the Affordable Care […]

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On Gundy and the Nondelegation Doctrine

by Nicholas Bagley — Friday, June 21, 2019

“On Thursday, the conservative wing of the Supreme Court called into question the whole project of modern American governance.” So opens an op-ed of mine at the New York Times. Because Justice Kavanaugh was recused from the case, the conservative wing was deprived of a potential fifth vote. But that vote may come: Judging from […]

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Would it be legal to block grant Medicaid?

by Nicholas Bagley — Wednesday, May 8, 2019

I don’t know, and I doubt the Trump administration does either. But we may soon find out. With the Trump administration’s encouragement, Tennessee is moving ahead with a waiver to block grant its Medicaid program under section 1115 of the Social Security Act.  “Currently,” as Stephanie Armour explains at the Wall Street Journal, “Tennessee, like […]

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A motley crew in Texas v. Azar

by Nicholas Bagley — Tuesday, Apr. 2, 2019

Together with Jonathan Adler, Abbe Gluck, and Ilya Somin, I’ve filed an amicus brief with the Fifth Circuit in Texas v. Azar. Those of you who’ve been closely following health-reform litigation know that Abbe and I often square up against Jonathan and Ilya. It’s a testament to the outlandishness of the district court’s decision that […]

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