New Book Edited By Columbia Law School Professor Sheds Light on 2012 Affordable Care Act Case

Professor and Vice Dean Gillian E. Metzger Co-Edited and Contributed to the Book, Which Includes Chapters from Top Legal Scholars.

Media Contact: Public Affairs, 212-854-2650 or

New York, October 7, 2013—As a major component of President Obama’s health care reform package—the ability for individuals to purchase insurance through state-run exchanges—is rolled out across the nation, a new book co-edited by Columbia Law School Professor and Vice Dean Gillian E. Metzger ’95 revisits the June 2012 U.S. Supreme Court case that allowed the landmark legislation to move forward.

The book, The Health Care Case: The Supreme Court’s Decision and Its Implications, is divided into four parts with chapters from the nation’s top scholars in constitutional, administrative, and health law: general reaction to the decision and related litigation, examination of specific arguments and conflicting interpretations of the scope of federal power, observations on the role of the chief justice, and a discussion of the decision’s implications for health and regulatory policy.

Metzger, the Stanley H. Fuld Professor of Law and faculty director of the Center for Constitutional Governance, edited the volume with former Columbia Law School Professors Trevor W. Morrison ’98 and Nathaniel Persily. All three are contributing authors as well.

Metzger and Morrison wrote on the presumption of Constitutionality and the individual mandate; Columbia Law School Professor Jamal Greene contributed a chapter called “The Missing Due Process Argument,” and tax law expert Professor Michael J. Graetz co-wrote a chapter on Constitutional uncertainty and social insurance.

# # #

Columbia Law School, founded in 1858, stands at the forefront of legal education and of the law in a global society. Columbia Law School combines traditional strengths in corporate law and financial regulation, international and comparative law, property, contracts, constitutional law, and administrative law with pioneering work in intellectual property, digital technology, tax law and policy, national security, human rights, sexuality and gender, and environmental law.

Join us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter: