posted September 14, 2012

Event Will Examine U.S. Supreme Court Ruling on ObamaCare

Hope College will sponsor the presentation “The Constitutional and Political Implications of the Supreme Court’s ObamaCare Decision” on Monday, Sept. 17, at 3 p.m. in the Fried-Hemenway Auditorium of the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication in conjunction with national Constitution Day.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in late June narrowly upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as ObamaCare.  Dr. Jack Holmes and Dr. David Ryden of the college’s political science faculty will present differing perspectives on the decision, with the audience encouraged to participate in the conversation.

“The decision was perhaps as significant as anything the Court has done in the past 15 years,” Ryden said.  “While the result marked an important short-term policy victory for the Obama administration, it also contained what could prove to be meaningful limitations on Congress’s regulatory and spending authority in the future. The case also revealed a fascinating internal dynamic, with conservative Chief Justice John Roberts joining with the liberal bloc of four justices to salvage the legislation. In short, the case raises important questions going forward for the Constitution and the Court, the future of nationalized health care, and for our politics.”

Constitution Day marks the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. The delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pa., on Sept. 17, 1787.

The Martha Miller Center for Global Communication is located at 257 Columbia Ave., at the corner of Columbia Avenue and 10th Street.