The Cato Institute hosted a pair of panel discussions on the Supreme Court's health care ruling.
David Rivkin, a lawyer who argued for 26 states against the Affordable Care Act, joined the first panel, which focused on the ruling's effect on the Congress and its "scope of Constitutional powers."
Attorney and Georgetown Law Professor Randy Barnett, who was involved with challenging the 2010 health care law, said Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts’ decision to uphold the law was political, and that the focus for opponents needs to shift to the Presidential election.
He said the decision could mark the beginning of a major shift the law because of the decision’s restrictions on the Commerce Clause of the Constitution.
Avik Roy, an adviser to the Romney campaign and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, said that the former Governor is committed to repealing the 2010 health care law, using a budget mechanism known as reconciliation if necessary.
He said Romney’s plan would remove special tax status for employers who pay for insurance, and makes big changes to the current Medicare program.