“Around the world we are all hoping the U.S. can strengthen its firearm policies. We are all so distressed by the news of tragedies there, and thinking of the families and communities directly affected. But also, the U.S. is the world’s major producer and thus the source of many guns that kill and injure elsewhere. So we all have a stake in what eventually happens in the US.”
-Rebecca Peters, international expert on gun violence prevention who led the campaign that succeeded in reforming Australia’s gun laws and was the first director of the international movement against gun violence, IANSA. Read more from our chat on international gun policy here.
Does an 1867 law, the Anti-Injunction Act, prevent the Supreme Court from reviewing and deciding the health care law challenge? The act bars pre-enforcement challenges to taxes. The penalty in the health care law for failure to purchase minimum insurance will be enforced by the Internal Revenue Service, but will not appear on a taxpayer’s tax return until 2015.
Is the so-called individual mandate to purchase health insurance constitutional?
If the mandate is unconstitutional, can it be severed from the rest of the law or must the entire law fall?
Does the expansion of Medicaid coverage for the poor and disabled unconstitutionally coerce the states into participating, because if they do not participate, they risk losing federal money in the federal-state funded program?
Need a last-minute refresher on the SCOTUS health reform case?