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Law professor to address the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

April 28, 2011
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Ian Bartrum

On Thursday, April 28, Ian Bartrum, assistant professor of law at Drake University Law School, will address "The Constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act." The event, which is free and open to the public, will start at 4:30 p.m. in room 213 of Cartwright Hall, 27th Street and University Avenue.

Bartrum will present the objections that some states have raised against the provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act known as the "individual mandate." He will then argue that the law will survive constitutional scrutiny.

"The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act not only offers responsible solutions to our impending national health care crisis, it also protects the right to adequate health care for our most physically, financially and politically vulnerable citizens," Bartrum wrote in a March 23 guest opinion column for The Des Moines Register titled "Health care reform act is constitutional and necessary."

The Drake University Law School Student Chapter of the American Constitution Society and the Iowa Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society are sponsoring Bartrum's lecture. The program has been approved for one hour of CLE credit.

Bartrum is a graduate of Hamilton College, Vermont Law School and Yale Law School. He teaches constitutional law, law and religion, and constitutional theory at Drake Law School. He has also taught at Vermont Law School and has served as the Irving Ribicoff Fellow at Yale Law School. His writing has appeared in the Northwestern University Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, Constitutional Commentary and the NYU Journal of Law and Liberty, among other journals.


The Constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

When: 4:30 p.m., Thursday, April 28

Where: Room 213 of Cartwright Hall, 2621 Carpenter Ave.

Cost: Free