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“Use every man after his desert, and who shall scape whipping?” — Hamlet, Act II, Scene 2

In a world of perfect justice, each man would receive his due and nothing else, as Shakespeare’s words suggest. Whether such a world is possible or even desirable is another question.

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It Could Have Worked

The Brookings Institution’s Elaine C. Kamarck and Sheila P. Burke have published a research paper on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. It’s classic Brookings: judicious, competent, useful. The piece contains an overview of which states are where in terms of expanding Medicaid and establishing health care exchanges. As a rule, Republican-led states are nowhere.

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Is the Provision of Health Insurance Interstate Commerce Under the Original Meaning?

Over at the Originalism Blog, Mike Ramsey has been arguing that the provision of health insurance is interstate commerce.  Ramsey writes:  My insurer (in California) is Anthem Blue Cross, which claims to be the largest health insurer in California; it's a subsidiary of WellPoint, Inc., a company headquartered in Indianapolis with health insurance operations in at least 14 states.  This all sounds pretty interstate to me, and I think my insurance situation is fairly typical, although I know little about the details of the health insurance industry and I could be persuaded otherwise.  (It would be different if WellPoint were just a passive investor…

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