OA80: Flashback Friday (featuring Health Care, The Slants, and Gerrymandering!)

It’s our first Flashback Friday!  On today’s episode, we revisit topics from previous episodes that are once again back in the news.

We begin with the breaking-est of breaking news, the new Senate version of the AHCA that literally just got released right before the show was scheduled to record.  What’s in the new bill?  Listen and find out!

After that, our main segment goes through the recent Supreme Court victory for our friend Simon Tam of the Slants, who previewed this case for us way back on Episode 33.  Find out what the ruling means and how it might impact future issues (like a certain D.C.-area football team).

After that, we take a look at the Supreme Court’s recent grant of certiorari in the Wisconsin gerrymandering case we discussed back in Episode 54.  What’s the prognosis for whether the Supreme Court will finally do something about partisan gerrymandering?  Listen and find out!

Finally, we end with a brand new Thomas (and Denise) Take the Bar Exam Question #29, in which next week’s guest, Denise Howell, joins the guys for a preview and plays along.  Remember that you too can play along by following our Twitter feed (@Openargs) and/or our Facebook Page and quoting the Tweet or Facebook Post that announces this episode along with your guess and reason(s).  Answers, as always, drop on Tuesday.

Recent Appearances

None.  But if you’re on the East Coast, you should check out Andrew’s speech to the Lehigh Valley Skeptics on “Skepticism and the Law” on July 2, 2017 at 11 am by clicking here.

Show Notes & Links

  1. Flash back to our first discussion with Simon Tam of the Slants on Episode 33, and keep groovin’ with gerrymandering by listening to Episode 54.
  2. This is the text of the Senate’s version of the AHCA.
  3. MACPAC’s analysis of the ACA referenced on the show is here.
  4. This table shows the DSH allotment by state for 2016.
  5. Here is the full text of the Supreme Court’s opinion in Matal v. Tam (formerly Lee v. Tam).
  6. Finally, here’s the text of the Cooper v. Harris decision we discussed on Episode 72 that gives Andrew some cause for concern.

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