Constitution Day celebration examines health care reform

Published: September 3rd, 2012

Category: News

Constitution DayWhen President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law in 2010, the controversial health care overhaul was both praised and panned by various groups. In June of 2012, however, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the law in the case, National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius.

The University of Florida will take a closer look at the health care reform issue in celebration of this year’s Constitution Day with a discussion, “The Affordable Care Act: The U.S. Constitution Meets Health Care Reform.” The event is Monday, Sept. 17, from 10-11 a.m. at the UF Levin College of Law’s Martin H. Levin Advocacy Center courtroom. It is free and open to the public.

The discussion will feature UF Law Professor Steven Willis and Andrei Boyarshinov, Shands HealthCare associate general counsel and UF Law adjunct professor, representing opposing viewpoints regarding the Affordable Care Act.

Willis is a longtime member of UF Law’s top-ranked Graduate Tax faculty. He wrote an amicus brief for the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the Affordable Care Act, and has published three law review articles on the case: “Of Constitutional Decapitation and Healthcare” and “Oy Yes, the Healthcare Penalty is Unconstitutional” in Tax Notes, and “No Health Care Penalty? No Problem: No Due Process” in the American Journal of Law & Medicine.

Boyarshinov is a senior attorney for managed care and network development, commercial transactions and risk management for the $1.5 billion health system closely affiliated with the UF Health Science Center, including two major academic centers, Shands at the University of Florida and Shands at Jacksonville, both advanced acute care teaching facilities, three hospital joint ventures, one behavioral health hospital and one comprehensive medical rehabilitation hospital. He teaches Health Care Finance and Delivery at UF Law.

Attendees will receive complimentary cake, lemonade and a U.S. Constitution app for iPhone or Android phones.

UF’s Constitution Day Program continues with two open-mic readings of the U.S. Constitution, one 11 a.m.–noon in the foyer of the Advocacy Center, and the second by Smathers Libraries noon-1:30 p.m. on the Plaza of the Americas outside Library West with complimentary cake, lemonade and pocket copies of the Constitution.

Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, and each year the University of Florida – along with other publicly funded universities – celebrate the day with special programs and activities. This year’s events are sponsored by the University of Florida, with support from the UF Levin College of Law, Smathers Libraries and the Graham Center.

– Matt Walker
Senior writer

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