Paul J. Larkin Jr.

Paul J. Larkin, Jr., is the John, Barbara and Victoria Rumpel Senior Legal Research Fellow in The Heritage Foundation’s Edwin Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies. Readers may write him at Heritage, 214 Massachusetts Ave., Washington, D.C. 20002-4999

Most Recent Articles by Paul J. Larkin Jr.:

Obamacare’s constitutionality ends when its tax ends

Jun 22, 2018 — Paul J. Larkin Jr.

Obamacare’s constitutionality ends when its tax ends
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The constitutionality of Obamacare is an issue again. 

Six years ago, a closely divided U.S. Supreme Court upheld the statute in NFIB v. Sebelius, but the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 had an important effect—whether or not intended—on Obamacare’s constitutionality.

Obamacare requires insurance companies to cover pre-existing illnesses and injuries.  That’s an expensive proposition.