Professor Jeffrey H. Kahn recently published his article, Free Rider: A Justification for Mandatory Medical Insurance Under Health Care Reform? in the Michigan Law Review’s First Impressions, an online companion to the Law Review. Prof. Kahn wrote the article with his father, Douglas A. Kahn, the Paul G. Kauper Professor of Law at the University of Michigan School of Law.
The article discusses the much-debated and controversial Section 1501 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act which added section 5000A to the Internal Revenue Code to require most individuals in the United States to purchase an established minimum level of medical insurance. This requirement, which is enforced by a penalty imposed on those who fail to comply, is sometimes referred to as the “individual mandate.” Professor Kahn does not address the constitutionality of the section, but rather, focuses on the viability of one of the justifications that often is put forth for the adoption of the individual mandate: the “free-rider” problem. The article concludes that the free-rider problem, if it existed at all, likely was of minor significance and can hardly be said to justify the adoption of the new health care program. The actual congressional reason for adopting the program, Prof. Kahn argues, seems to rest on an entirely different purpose, and the debate over the desirability of the program should focus on the merits of that other purpose.
Professor Jeffrey H. Kahn recently published Principles of Corporate Taxation, part of the West® Concise Hornbooks series. He wrote the text with his father, Douglas A. Kahn, the Paul G. Kauper Professor of Law at the University of Michigan School of Law and Terrence G. Perris, Partner and Taxation Practice Group Leader at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey.
The text serves as a study aide to supplement a student’s casebook and notes to further an understanding of corporate taxation. It is a contracted version of his Hornbook, Corporate Income Taxation (6th ed.). The book begins by examining the tax consequences of a corporation’s making distributions to its shareholders either on account of or in redemption of their stock. It then provides as much depth and coverage as are consistent with the “concise” nature of the book, guided by the scope of topics that are covered in most corporate tax courses. And it does it all in 364 short pages.
Congratulations to Professor Kahn for writing such an invaluable and concise resource for law students in corporate taxation or business planning courses.