Former White House lawyer and leading conservative commentator, David Rivkin, was the first to outline the constitutional challenge to ObamaCare that will soon go before the Supreme Court.
ObamaCare, officially called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, marks the first time in history that the federal government has required every person to purchase a commercial product or service.
As part of its “Preserve the Constitution” series, the Heritage Foundation is presenting an expert panel, headlined by David Rivkin, to discuss the case on Nov. 3 at Lehrman Auditorium in D.C. from noon to 1 p.m.
Other speakers include: Todd Gaziano, director of the Center for Legal & Judicial Studies; Michael Carvin, partner at Jones Day and lawyer for the National Federation of Independent Business; and Andrew Grossman, a visiting fellow and moderator with the Heritage Foundation.
The panel will be hosted by Edwin Meese III, Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow in Public Policy and Chairman of the Center for Legal and Judicial Studies.
Among the questions that will be discussed: Is there any limit to what Congress can require? Does the Commerce Clause, which some argue has already been stretched beyond recognition, grant Congress the power to force citizens to purchase broccoli? What do the text of the Constitution and Supreme Court precedent suggest? When is the Supreme Court likely to review the case? Will the Supreme Court strike down the individual mandate, but leave the rest of ObamaCare standing?
David Rivkin is highly regarded for his award-winning legal writing in major publications such as The Wall Street Journal. Most recently, he was awarded the prestigious 2011 Burton Award for Legal Achievement for his writing in The Washington Post.
For more information on how to attend or watch online, visit: http://www.heritage.org/Events/2011/11/Is-ObamaCare-Constitutional