Category Archives: Legal Issues

02.13.10

Who Killed Health Care Reform? The 2009-2010 Version

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Several years ago, I wrote a satirical article called “Who Killed Managed Care: A Policy Whodunit.” I identified the usual suspects, insurers, anti-managed care advocates, physicians, attorneys, etc., and concluded that the cause of managed care’s demise was self-immolation. Sadly, since I’m a strong proponent of serious health care reform, it looks increasingly as though […]

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02.12.10

Could Health Reform Create “A Litigation Explosion”?

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Nothing apparently excites the readers of the Wall Street Journal more than a threatened “litigation explosion.” Perhaps this is because so many of their readers are lawyers. It was only a matter of time, therefore, before they published an opinion column ominously titled, “Health-Care Reform Could Create a Litigation Explosion.” (See the February 11 issue, […]

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02.11.10

More on Nullification

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I have posted several times in recent weeks on the state nullification issue. I have a Perspectives article up on the New England Journal website, posted February 10, further exploring the political as well as the legal issues raised by nullification. See http://healthcarereform.nejm.org/?p=2967&query=home

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02.02.10

Another Shot at Fort Sumpter

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The Virginia Senate passed a bill yesterday by a vote of 23 to 17, with five Democrats joining the chambers 18 Republicans, stating: “No resident of this Commonwealth, regardless of whether he has or is eligible for health insurance under any policy or program provided by and through his employer, or a plan sponsored by […]

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02.01.10

Everything Relates to Everything Else: An Interview with Sara Rosenbaum

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Sara Rosenbaum is Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy. The O’Neill Institute’s Lester Feder spoke with her about the way forward after Republican Scott Brown’s election to represent Massachusetts in the US Senate. Lester Feder:  What are the options that Congress has right […]

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01.26.10

Republican Reconciliation Strategy “Patently Absurd,” Former Parliamentarian Says

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Around the time that I was posting my interview with former Senate Parliamentarian Robert Dove, Greg Sargent reported that Republican senators were planning to stall any attempt at passing health reform through reconciliation with a “free for all of amendments.” Citing a “senior GOP aide,” Sargent writes: He said the leadership — Senators Mitch McConnell, […]

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01.26.10

Reconciling Reconciliation: An Interview with Robert Dove

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Robert Dove served as Senate parliamentarian until 2001. The O’Neill Institute’s Lester Feder spoke with him about the reconciliation process and its implications for health reform. Robert Dove: First of all, reconciliation was never designed for something like health care. It’s the reason that it wasn’t used on the original Clinton health-care bill. It’s designed […]

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01.26.10

How to Finish up Health Care Reform: There is Only One Way

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The way forward for health care reform at this moment seems rather murky, indeed, one might say grim. Both the House and the Senate had adopted reform legislation prior to Christmas and the game plan going into January was to try to work out an informal agreement between House and Senate leadership that could be […]

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01.22.10

Health Reform in Peril

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As a tenured professor, it is easy to take potshots at politicians for their failure to enact health insurance reform legislation. After all, I don’t face angry voters and the need to raise copious amounts of money just to be competitive (the latter made even more treacherous after yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance). […]

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01.21.10

Congressional Power to Regulate Inactivity

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[T]here’s pretty much nothing that Congress can’t do and that’s the end of the enumerated power scheme . . . if the Supreme Court were to uphold the Constitutionality of the individual mandate.  So says Randy Barnett in an interview on NPR’s Morning Edition earlier this week, in which he reprised his Heritage Foundation argument. […]

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