The constitutionality of health care reform

February 15, 2011, The College of William & Mary

President Obama’s health care reform legislation has been the subject of lively political and legal debate. Many lawsuits have been filed to prevent the implementation of the legislation. These lawsuits claim that Congress exceeded its power in enacting certain provisions of the new law. In this video, legal scholar Allison Orr Larsen discusses the constitutional arguments at issue in these challenges to the health care reform legislation.

Larsen received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the College of William & Mary and then attended the University of Virginia Law School where she graduated first in her class and served on the Managing Board of the Virginia Law Review. She clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and Justice David Souter on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Larsen was a Research Fellow with the University of Virginia Law School before joining the appellate litigation practice of O'Melveny & Myers, LLP, where she focused on civil, criminal, and civil rights litigation. Before joining the William & Mary faculty, Larsen was a visiting assistant professor and scholar in residence with the Columbus Law School at Catholic University. Her research interests include administrative law, structural constitutional law, and the institutional and informational dynamics of legal decision-making.

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