The United States Supreme Court and Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court have recently become the focal point over a series of hotly debated political issues in their respective countries. As they decide on issues that could have far reaching political consequences, Donald Kommers examines the frameworks under which both courts operate.
Sebastian Beckmann explains the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on health care in the United States.
As political discussions continues to heat up on both sides of the Atlantic, especially in Washington, DC, the courts have increasingly become the deciding factor on a number of fiercely debated issues. How could this trend affect the credibility that governments are fighting ever harder to maintain with their electorates?
On June 28, the Supreme Court announced its decision to uphold all of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the controversial requirement for individuals to purchase health insurance or face a tax, which conservative challengers of the law starkly opposed. Although the fate of the law remains unclear –… Read more >
On June 26, 2012, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) hosted a dinner discussion on “The Affordable Care Act: Ambition and Reality.” Dr. Jackson Janes (AICGS) began the conversation by emphasizing the growing popularity of pay-for-performance health care systems across the U.S. and Germany as a way of addressing growing… Read more >
Background Since its passing in 2010, opponents of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have launched legal challenges on the health care reform on the basis of its constitutionality. Both state governments and private parties have attacked the law through the court system, until the case reached the Supreme Court. The… Read more >