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Unraveled — Book Examines the Legal Challenges to the Affordable Care Act

Josh Blackman, associate professor at Houston College of Law (formerly South Texas College of Law) initially considered himself the “Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern” of the Affordable Care Act. Like the largely incidental characters of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Blackman witnessed a lot of key moments in the saga over the passage, implementation and initial challenges to the federal […]

Unraveled - Obamacare - Josh Blackman - Book CoverJosh Blackman, associate professor at Houston College of Law (formerly South Texas College of Law) initially considered himself the "Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern" of the Affordable Care Act. Like the largely incidental characters of Shakespeare's Hamlet, Blackman witnessed a lot of key moments in the saga over the passage, implementation and initial challenges to the federal healthcare law — but wasn't really directly engaged in it.

That changed in 2013 when he began submitting briefs supporting challengers to the law in two Supreme Court cases.

He started writing articles and lecturing on it — and now he's written his second book about the Affordable Care Act. It's called Unraveled: Obamacare, Religious Liberty, and Executive Power.

We talk with Blackman about the book and his perspective on the many legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act.

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Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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