Blaze Books sat down with Georgetown Law Professor, libertarian lawyer extraordinaire, and one of the chief litigators of the Affordable Care Act, Randy Barnett, in order to get his book recommendations on a variety of subjects near and dear to readers' hearts. Below is the fourth set in a multi-part series, in which Barnett gives us his three best books on the Obamacare challenge, and some commentary on each of the titles he selected.
And in case you missed them, be sure to check out the prior parts of our series:
1. Unprecedented: The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare by Josh Blackman
The behind the scenes story of how the Obamacare challenge originated in the lobby of the Mayflower Hotel in November of 2009, and all that happened next, culminating in the dramatic decision day at the Supreme Court. I was there, and this book taught me things I didn't know about the challenge. A riveting tale!
2. A Conspiracy Against Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Health Care Case by Trevor Burrus (Editor)
If you want to read how the arguments against Obamacare developed in real time on a blog and in op-eds and rose to shake the legal and academic establishment, this book presents the crucial posts by me and my co-bloggers that led to the Supreme Court decision that reaffirmed that Congress has only limited and enumerated powers.
3. Why John Roberts Was Wrong About Healthcare: A Conservative Critique of The Supreme Court's Obamacare Ruling by Sen. Mike Lee
A cry from the heart of a constitutional conservative, political leader, and skillful lawyer, about just what John Roberts ruled, and why it was wrong. This ebook is short and bitter-sweet.
4. BONUS: The Health Care Case: The Supreme Court's Decision and Its Implications by Nathaniel Persily, Gillian E. Metzger, Trevor W. Morrison (Editors)
Essays by constitutional scholars on the meaning of the decision in NFIB v. Sebelius.
Randy E. Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he directs the Georgetown Center for the Constitution. Before teaching, he was a criminal prosecutor in Chicago with the Cook County States Attorney's Office. In 2004, he argued the medical marijuana case of Gonzales v. Raich in the U.S. Supreme Court; and in 2012, he represented the National Federation of Independent Business in its challenge to the Affordable Care Act. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Constitutional Studies in 2009.
Professor Barnett’s publications includes more than one hundred articles and reviews, as well as ten books, including Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty (Princeton, expanded edition, 2014), A Conspiracy Against Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Health Care Case (Palgrave, 2013); Constitutional Law: Cases in Context (Wolters Kluwer, 2d ed, 2013), Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Contracts (Oxford, 2010), Contracts: Cases and Doctrine (Aspen, 5th ed. 2012), and The Structure of Liberty: Justice and the Rule of Law (Oxford, 1998), which was translated into Japanese.
You can read more about Randy Barnett at his website.