When hack­ers at­tack

Modern Healthcare - - Outliers Asides & Insides -

David Rivkin is no stranger to hard­ball tac­tics.

The for­mer White House legal ad­viser un­der pres­i­dents Ron­ald Rea­gan and Ge­orge H.W. Bush was one of the ear­li­est legal op­po­nents to the Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Affordable Care Act, fil­ing a law­suit on be­half of 13 state gov­ern­ments against the ACA on March 23, 2010— the same day Pres­i­dent Barack Obama signed the thing into law.

That law­suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Pen­sacola, Fla., has since at­tracted a to­tal of 26 states as plain­tiffs and de­liv­ered re­form crit­ics’ great­est vic­tory so far: a to­tal in­val­i­da­tion of the ACA, which may or may not strike down the law dur­ing the ap­peal process, de­pend­ing whom you ask.

But it seems Rivkin has at­tracted some fleet-footed crit­ics of his own: one or more lib­eral “hack­tivists” who at­tacked sec­tions of the Wash­ing­ton lawyer’s home­page, davidrivkin.com, ded­i­cated to health­care re­form lit­i­ga­tion doc­u­ments.

As a breath­less Feb. 17 post on the Her­itage Foun­da­tion’s blog, “The Foundry,” states it, “Rivkin’s web­site came un­der at­tack by a highly or­ga­nized group of cy­ber-ter­ror­ists seek­ing to si­lence him and knock his views off the In­ter­net.”

But don’t worry about Rivkin get­ting his mes­sage out. All signs point to him and other crit­ics of the law be­ing on a short path to the Supreme Court to hash this thing out once and for all.

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