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Richard A. Epstein, LLB Biography

Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at New York University
Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"

“[T]he ACA [Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act] is subject to the law of unintended consequences. The law may proclaim that it protects patients when it in fact it restricts the health-care options of those it’s intended to protect. The ACA says that it will increase access to affordable care when in fact its endless mandates will drive up the cost of care. The false advertising of the ACA’s title conceals a wealth of difficulties with its internal design, which make its scheme unsustainable in the long run…

One unfortunate byproduct of the obsessive emphasis on the individual mandate—the requirement to have health-care insurance or pay a fine—is that it diverts attention away from the many other unsound provisions of the law. The Supreme Court need not fear that striking down Title I of the ACA will deny Americans needed health care. Rather, its implementation will have that effect…

The opponents of the ACA, of whom I am one, have argued that the mandate represents an unprecedented assertion of federal power. By forcing people to enter into commerce, the government is now in a position to regulate them.”

“Obamacare: An Unconstitutional Misadventure,”, Mar. 26, 2012

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University, 2011-present
  • James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Law and Senior Lecturer, University of Chicago Law School, 2010-present
  • Adjunct Scholar, CATO Institute
  • Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, 2000-present
  • Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1985-present
  • Senior Fellow, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, 1984-present
  • Member, California Bar, 1969-present
  • Recipient, Bradley Prize, Bradley Foundation, 2011
  • Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School, 1973-2010
  • Recipient, Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize, College of William & Mary School of Law, 2005
  • Interim Dean, University of Chicago Law School, Feb.-June 2001
  • Editor, Journal of Law and Economics, 1991–2001
  • Editor, Journal of Legal Studies, 1981–1991
  • Visiting Associate Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School, 1972-1973
  • Professor of Law, University of Southern California (USC), 1968-1972
  • LLB, cum laude, Yale Law School, 1968
  • BA, Law, Oxford University, 1966
  • BA, summa cum laude, Philosophy, Columbia University, 1964
  • Recipient, Honorary LLD, University of Ghent, 2003
  • Born on Apr. 17, 1943