Harvard Law Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation
On April 20, 2015, the American Constitution Society held a panel on the King v Burwell case that is before the Supreme Court. CHLPI’s Director and HLS Professor, Robert Greenwald, served as the moderator for panelists Yaakov Roth, Matthew Hellman, and Rachel Gargiulo, all lawyers involved in the case. Each panelist provided a very different perspective on this historical case.
Yaakov Roth, one of the lawyers for the plaintiffs, was involved in the case from the very beginning of its path to the Supreme Court. He spoke about his experience and rationale to file the case as quickly as possible, which was based on the belief that the challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would have to be decided by the Supreme Court. When Jones Day filed the first motion in district court in Washington, D.C., the slow pace of the judge’s decision led to the filing of a second motion. Both motions were denied and Jones Day filed appeals to both decision.