Independence Institute research director Dave Kopel reminds everyone on his website that the Independence Institute was some of the first to attend the “Obamacare is unconstitutional” dance party. Thankfully, many more of have joined us since those early days, but it’s worth taking a look back at the scholarship we’ve amassed for the last two-plus years. Below you’ll find Dave’s overview of our work:
When did the Independence Institute explain that Obamacare was probably unconstitutional? Senior Fellow Rob Natelson on Jan. 23, 2010. Research Director Dave Kopel on March 22, 2010 (tax power), and April 2, 2010 (commerce power, constitutional structure). Here is the video of Kopel’s April 28, 2010, debate with former Colorado Supreme Court Justice Jean Dubofsky, who had announced, “I believe that the lawsuit stands little chance of success,” and “The mechanism chosen by Congress to enforce the requirement of health insurance is not unusual.”
Testimony on D.C. Council’s proposed revision to the District’s gun control laws. Kopel argues against a provision which excessively discriminates against people with visual impairments. The testimony also critiques D.C.’s unusual system of long gun registration. Feb. 13, 2012.
Kopel testified on Nov. 17 before the U.S. Senate subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism regarding S. 463, Senator Schumer’s bill to vastly expand the number of people prohibited from owning or temporarily possessing a firearm. 29-page written testimony. Video of subcommittee hearing. Kopel’s 5 minute prepared remarks begin at 72:41. At 103:40, there is a Q&A with Senator Grassley, with leads to follow-up questions with Senator Schumer, in which Kopel explains to Schumer what the Schumer bill actually does. Kopel discusses the bill on NRA News. Media coverage: NPR, ABC, Governing, Albany Times Union.
Kopel testified on Sept. 13 before the U.S. House subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, regarding H.R. 822, which would set up a national system of interstate reciprocity for concealed handgun carry permits. Kopel’s 24-page written testimony. Video of the subcommittee hearing. Cato Institute podcast with Kopel on the issue.