Through Amicus Briefs, Local ‘Friends’ Weigh In On Affordable Care Act
As the high court weighs health care this week, the stakes are high and the political wrangling is great. A record number of outside groups – including many from Massachusetts – have filed “friend of the court” briefs urging the court to uphold or strike down the law. The dense documents – chock full of historical citations and legal arguments costs tens of thousands of dollars to prepare and there’s no guarantee that anyone even reads them. We’ll take a look at what's involved in preparing an amicus brief and what impact they have.
Brian Rosman, research director at Boston nonprofit Health Care For All, which signed an amicus brief in support of the law
Jim Stergios, executive director at the Pioneer Institute of Public Policy Research in Boston, which signed onto a brief written by economists opposing the law
READ Health Care For All’s amicus brief (48 pages)
READ amicus brief signed by Pioneer Institute of Public Policy Research (72 pages)