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Six years after its enactment, Obamacare remains one of the most controversial, divisive, and enduring political issues in America. In this much-anticipated follow-up to his critically acclaimed Unprecedented: The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare (2013), Josh Blackman argues that, to implement the law, President Obama has broken promises about cancelled insurance policies, exceeded the traditional bounds of executive power, and infringed on religious liberty. At the same time, conservative opponents have stopped at nothing to unravel Obamacare, including a three-week government shutdown, four Supreme Court cases, and fifty repeal votes. This legal thriller provides the definitive account of the battle to stop Obamacare from being 'woven into the fabric of America'. Unraveled is essential reading to understand the future of the Affordable Care Act in America's gridlocked government in 2016, and beyond.Read more
- Provides detailed analysis of three major Supreme Court decisions, including insights gleaned from personal interviews
- Discusses the Affordable Care Act in a balanced and measured way while providing an authoritative chronology of the implementation of this law
- Studies the delays and modifications of Affordable Care Act mandates implemented by the President
Reviews & endorsements
"Obamacare has remarkably, if perversely, made American political discourse more interesting. It has stimulated braided debates about the proper scope and actual competence of government, about the role of the judiciary in supervising democratic processes, and about how religious liberty becomes a casualty of 'comprehensive' social legislation enlarging the entitlement state. Josh Blackman, who has been immersed in all this as a scholar and participant, gives readers an invaluable inside tour of an ongoing controversy."
George F. Will, newspaper columnist and political commentatorSee more reviews
"Josh Blackman has written a thorough and engaging account of the political and legal issues surrounding Obamacare. This book is a must-read for all who are interested in the history of the Obama presidency and especially of its most important legislative accomplishment. Blackman presents the conservative perspective but he is even-handed, and all, including those (like me) who disagree with him, will learn a great deal from reading this book."
Erwin Chemerinsky, University of California, Irvine School of Law
"Health care involves some of the most personal and - to many people - sacred and spiritually significant issues of life and death. So it is no surprise that an attempt by government to standardize health care coverage for all Americans would raise a host of issues of conscience, choice, and conviction. Josh Blackman's new book Unraveled chronicles the legal struggles over these issues in a fair, complete, and immensely readable narrative. Three things are certain: death, taxes, and that these conflicts are far from over. This book will help us all to understand the stakes and the arguments."
Michael W. McConnell, Stanford Law School
"Even-keeled and exhaustive, Blackman's Unraveled offers the consummate insider's take on the titanic legal struggles at the Supreme Court over the future of health reform. It is an indispensable resource and a gripping read."
Nicholas Bagley, University of Michigan Law School
"Josh Blackman continues to bring a gimlet eye to the legal controversies surrounding the Affordable Care Act. He combines a careful, even meticulous attention to detail with a grasp of the important issues at stake. Even people who paid close attention to the debate will find much to learn from Unraveled."
Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor, National Review
'Blackman argues that to implement ‘Obamacare,’ President Obama has broken promises about cancelled insurance policies, exceeded the traditional bounds of executive power, and infringed on religious liberty.' Law and Social Inquiry
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- Date Published: November 2017
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781108410229
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 31 mm
- weight: 0.801kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. The Promise of Obamacare:
1. 'If you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance'
2. Federal and state exchanges
3. Life and religious liberty
Part II. Conscience and Contraception:
4. The contraception mandate
5. Election slowdown
6. Faith in the courts
Part III. Shutdown:
7. Exchanges 'established by the state'
8. Tea party summer
9. 'Train wreck'
Part IV. Obamacare Unravels:
11. Lights out
13. Government by blog post
14. Crashing into the deadline
Part V. Religious Liberty:
15. New year's resolution
16. Substantial burden
18. Between two ferms
19. Corporate prayer
20. Notorious RBG
Part VI. Nuclear Fallout:
21. Circuit split
22. Dueling petitions
23. 'So sue me'
Part VII. Subsidizing Obamacare:
25. King v. Burwell
27. 'Unravel what's now been woven into the fabric of America'
28. 'Improve health care markets, not destroy them'
Part VIII. The Nuns:
29. Make health care great again
30. Short-handed court
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