While the Court’s upholding the mandate is deservedly taking front stage in the media coverage, the Court’s decision to strike down a part of the Medicaid expansion may ultimately have broader jurisprudential consequence.  That, at least, will be a subject of debate among lawyers and academics in the days and weeks to come.  This is the first time (as far as I know) that the Court has actually found a Spending Clause condition unconstitutionally coercive.  Whether it establishes principles that make many other programs vulnerable is a question that will require further analysis and debate.  Lyle Denniston will start that analysis in an post later today or tomorrow morning.

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Recommended Citation: Kevin Russell, Medicaid holding may have broad implications, SCOTUSblog (Jun. 28, 2012, 1:10 PM), http://www.scotusblog.com/2012/06/medicare-holding-may-have-broad-implications/