Editor's note: In anticipation of Thursday's Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act, we have compiled a selection of Defining Ideas essays related to the healthcare law.
1. "The Ignored Facts of American Healthcare" by Scott W. Atlas (12/13/2010)
Highly publicized rankings deride the American health care system. But the facts tell another story.
We need individual empowerment, not government centralization.
Five steps to a better health care system.
4. "Nanny Runs Amok" by Henry Miller (7/13/11)
Social engineering, Obamacare-style.
5. "Obamacare vs. the Commerce Clause" by Richard A. Epstein (8/21/2011)
If Congress can regulate health care, it can regulate everything under the sun.
6. "Obamacare's Other Unconstitutional Provision," by Clint Bolick (12/16/2011)
An agency uncontrollable by Congress, unreviewable by the courts, and virtually unrepealable.
7. "The 'Commerce Clause Mandate'" by James Huffman (1/17/2012)
Obamacare will test the Supreme Court's devotion to individual liberty.
8. "The Car Insurance Model" by Scott W. Atlas (2/2/2012)
We need to hold individuals accountable for reckless, voluntary behaviors that drive up the cost of healthcare.
9. "Obamacare's Bully Mandate" by Richard A. Epstein (2/14/2012)
Can the federal government seize state revenues to pay for Medicaid?
How the individual mandate unravels the core of the healthcare law.
11. "A Taste of Government-Run Healthcare" by Richard A. Epstein (6/26/2012)
The FDA is a bureaucratic behemoth that threatens public health, stifles drug innovation, and keeps costs high.