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Obamacare Enrollment Opens Amid Uncertain Climate for Law’s Future

Posted on · Open enrollment has begun for health insurance through the federal exchange developed via the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. But looming over the open enrollment period is uncertainty over the law’s future now that Republican Donald Trump has won the White House. We discuss many issues surrounding President Obama’s signature piece of legislation — from reports […]

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Obamacare Enrollment Amid Uncertainty and Honky Tonk Heaven: Wednesday’s Show (November 16, 2016)

Posted on · Open enrollment has begun for health insurance through the federal exchange developed via the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. But looming over the open enrollment period is uncertainty over the law’s future now that Republican Donald Trump has won the White House. On this edition of Houston Matters, we discuss many issues surrounding President Obama’s […]

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Houston Matters Highlights Fascinating Book and Authors

Posted on · Over the course of the next week, Houston Matters will highlight our coverage of a number of important issues and developments that we’ve felt compelled to revisit a number of times over the course of the last year, like pensions, campus carry, the state of the oil and gas industry and efforts to mitigate traffic. […]

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

Posted on · 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 […]

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Energy, Environmental, and Health Policy Challenges in Court: Wednesday’s Show (September 28, 2016)

Posted on · The full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday (Sept. 27, 2016) heard oral arguments over a case challenging the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency is seen by many environmental and industry watchers as one of the most important environmental cases in nearly a decade, as it will decide whether […]

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Why the Supreme Court Punted on the HBU Birth Control Case

Posted on · The U.S. Supreme Court recently (May 16, 2016) sent Zubik v. Burwell back to lower courts. A ruling in the Texas case (which includes challenges from Houston Baptist University and East Texas Baptist University) would have clarified whether an Obama Administration mandate for some employers to provide birth control benefits to employees runs afoul of […]