Happy Birthday, ObamaCare! Now Get Ready for the Supreme Court


"Out of curiousity, John, what are your thoughts on the Commerce Clause?"

Two years ago today, President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law at a special ceremony in the East Room of the White House. On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court kicks offs three days of oral arguments surrounding the constitutionality of that law, including its controversial requirement that all Americans buy or secure government-approved health insurance. That's what I call a birthday bash.

As you prepare for next week's historic confrontation between the Obama administration and ObamaCare's legal challengers, get yourself up to speed with this selection from Reason's two year-plus coverage of this extraordinary constitutional showdown.

Don't Buy It: The crazy constitutional logic of the individual insurance mandate. By Jacob Sullum.

Obama Administration Lawyer: Health Insurance Is Neither Shoes Nor Broccoli. Good to Know! By Peter Suderman.

Obama Administration Says Health Care Law Is All or Nothing. Judge Gives Them Nothing. By Peter Suderman.

Are There Five Supreme Court Votes Against ObamaCare? By Damon Root.

Will Kennedy Vote Against the Health Insurance Mandate? By Jacob Sullum.

Can't We Just Abolish the Supreme Court Before It Abolishes ObamaCare? By Damon Root.

Judges Agree You Don't Have To Do Anything In Order to Be Engaged in Activity. By Peter Suderman.

Strict Scrutiny: ObamaCare and the long slow death of conservative judicial restraint. By Damon Root.

Clinton-Appointed Federal Judge Strikes Down Individual Mandate. By Damon Root.

ObamaCare's Medicaid Mandate: Is the health care law's Medicaid expansion unconstitutional? By Peter Suderman.

Antonin Scalia's ObamaCare Problem: The Obama administration repeatedly cites the conservative Supreme Court justice in defense of its health care overhaul. By Damon Root.

How ObamaCare Is Exposing Conservative vs. Libertarian Divisions on the Supreme Court. By Damon Root.

ObamaCare's Defenders Still Aren't Taking Challengers to the Mandate Seriously. By Peter Suderman.

Click below to watch "Wheat, Weed, and ObamaCare: How the Commerce Clause Became All Powerful," the Reason.tv documentary cited on page 47 of U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson's decision striking down the individual mandate.