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GOP Plots Strategies To Nullify Health Bill

Publication Date: 
March 19, 2010
Wall Street Journal
Naftali Bendavid

Associate professor David Freeman Engstrom, an expert in constitutional law, is quoted in the Wall Street Journal on constitutional conflicts arising from state challenges to federal health care reform legislation. Naftali Bendavid reports:

Republicans are looking beyond Sunday's expected vote on the Democrats' health-care overhaul to focus on strategies for striking back should it pass, ranging from challenges to the measure by individual states to a national repeal campaign.

Opponents say they can still defeat the bill this weekend. By talking about the tactics now, and showing how they intend to rally the public, they hope to sway wavering lawmakers to vote no.


"State legislatures can say all they want about the Constitution, but it doesn't make it so," said David Freeman Engstrom, a constitutional expert at Stanford Law School.