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Supreme Court made the ‘right decision’ on challenge to Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Supreme Court today in California v. Texas dismissed a third challenge to the Affordable Care Act in a 7-2 ruling. Professors from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and Pritzker School of Law are available to comment. 

Craig Garthwaite is the Herman R. Smith Research Professor in Hospital and Health Services, associate professor of strategy, and the director of the Program on Healthcare at Kellogg (HCAK). He is an applied economist whose research examines the business of healthcare with a focus on the interaction between private firms and public policies. Media interested in interviewing Professor Garthwaite should contact Abby Daniel at

Quote from Professor Garthwaite
“In today's Supreme Court challenge to the Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court made the right decision. The Court was correct in upholding the ACA and the decision should not have been as hard as the case made it seem.”

Andrew Koppelman, the John Paul Stevens Professor of Law at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, is a constitutional law professor and the author of “The Tough Luck Constitution and the Assault on Health Care Reform” (Oxford University Press, 2013) and “Defending American Religious Neutrality” (Harvard University Press, 2013). He can be reached at

Quote from Professor Koppelman
“The challenges to Obamacare were always silly, but this one was the silliest of the bunch, claiming that a penalty of zero was an intolerable burden. It is a scandal that two justices were willing to take it seriously.”