Resources for King v. Burwell

supremecourtunitedstates On Wednesday, March 4, 2015, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell, the latest challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare.

According to the docket sheet on file with the Court, the issue is framed as follows:  “Whether the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may permissibly promulgate regulations to extend tax-credit subsidies to coverage purchased through Exchanges established by the federal government under Section 1321 of the ACA?”  Merits and Amicus briefs, maintained by the American Bar Association, can be found here.

Oral arguments will be recorded but audio will not be available until Friday, March 6th.

Since the dispute involves statutory interpretation and ascertaining legislative intent, ProQuest Congressional and Congress are excellent resources for obtaining Congressional documents, including bill variations, reports, hearings, debate, and prints.  Check out the ProQuest legislative history for the ACA here and the more limited history from Congress here.

Links to the audio of the oral arguments will be posted Friday.  Happy reading!

About Lisa Smith-Butler

Lisa is the Associate Dean for Information Services at the Charleston School of Law, Sol Blatt Jr. Law Library. She teaches Advanced Legal Research & Children & the Law.
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