Why did law professors misunderestimate the lawsuits against ppaca

David A. Hyman

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Almost without exception, elite law professors dismissed the possibility that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (variously called "PPACA," "Obamacare," and the "Affordable Care Act,") might be unconstitutional-but something went wrong on the way to the courthouse. What explains the epic failure of elite law professors to accurately predict how Article III judges would handle the case? After considering three possible defenses/justifications, this Article identifies five factors that help explain the erroneous predictions of our nation's elite law professors, who were badly wrong, but never in doubt.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)805-838
Number of pages34
JournalUniversity of Illinois Law Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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  • Law


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