NFIB at the Supreme Court – Day 2

Today was the day many political observers had dubbed as the “main event” at the Supreme Court.  Based on the reports out of Washington D.C., the “event” lived up to the billing.

On the docket today, was the critical debate on the “Individual Mandate”.  The individual mandate is the piece of Obamacare which requires that every individual must purchase health insurance or be fined.  This unprecedented provision represents the first time government has told individuals that they have to do something simply because they are alive.  NFIB has challenged the law based on the constitutionality of the individual mandate and believes that if this provision is struck down, the entire law should fall with it.

This morning, NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner issued a statement urging the Supreme Court to do just that.

As we move through the afternoon, there will be more analysis and feedback on today’s events for sure, so I leave you with this recap from CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin.



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About Mike Durant

Mike Durant was named New York State Director of NFIB in May 2011. Prior to joining NFIB as the Assistant State Director in May 2010, Durant began his career in the New York Senate working in the Office of Member Services. From there, he served in a number of positions during former New York Governor George E. Pataki’s administration. As a Research Specialist in the New York State Office of Demographic Policy, Mike was responsible for drafting a redistricting proposal for Governor Pataki. In addition, Mike served as a Research Specialist for the Empire State Development Corporation, as well as the Associate Commissioner of Human Resource Management with the New York Department of Labor. Durant also spent four years working at the Questar III BOCES as a specialist focusing on the complex formulas that drive aid to school districts across the state while also taking a lead role in the state legislative/budget process as it related to education policy. These past positions have given Mike a deep understanding of the complex political economics of the State of New York. Active in the community, Durant has served on a number of boards in both the village of Ballston Spa and Town of Milton. Durant received his bachelor’s degree from Siena College in Loudonville, New York and resides in Ballston Spa with his wife and two children.
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