Category Archives: National Healthcare


King v. Burwell: An Exercise in Sound and Fury Signifying Nothing

This post was written by  Tim Westmoreland, a Professor from Practice at Georgetown Law.  His courses include legislation and statutory interpretation, health law, and the federal budget process. Everyone within reach of an electronic device already knows that the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA) again today. Tax subsidies can continue to […]

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Subway supports the American Diabetes Association in more ways than one. Starting with Soda.

I went to Subway for lunch yesterday. When I checked out I was offered the chance to get a second sub for free, if I made a donation to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) AND bought a 30-ounce soda. In other words, contribute to fight diabetes while drinking about 20 teaspoons of sugar! The irony […]

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Continuing and Accelerating the Conversation on Transgender Health

Since June 1st, and the release of the first photos of Caitlyn Jenner in Vanity Fair, it has been very hard to miss all of the media conversation about Caitlyn (née Bruce) Jenner and transgender individuals in America. I’ve been intrigued by the conversation and admit that I registered for a free 30 day trial […]

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Tim Westmoreland on King v. Burwell – #AskAGUProf

The U.S. Supreme Court will issue its ruling soon on King v. Burwell, a case that questions whether it is legal for the federal government to provide subsidies to states that rely on federal health exchanges to help low- and middle-income people afford mandated health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the case, […]

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NEJM Perspective: “Patient CARE Act” Medicaid Block Grant Likely Unconstitutional

The Medicaid block grant proposed as part of the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility and Empowerment Act (“Patient CARE Act”) would radically transform Medicaid without the consent of states and would likely be considered unconstitutional, say two legal experts in a New England Journal of Medicine Perspective article published online today. Sara Rosenbaum, JD, the Harold […]

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The Lancet – O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University Commission on Global Health and the Law

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University is pleased to announce the launch of the launch of The Lancet – O’Neill Institute, Georgetown University Commission on Global Health and the Law. This commission’s focus is that law should be viewed as a major determinant of health and safety and can […]

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Physician-Assisted Suicide: An Update on Trends in Policy Reform

Physician-assisted suicide is back in the news this month. On February 4th, a group of doctors and terminally ill patients filed a lawsuit asking a court to legalize aid in dying to terminally ill patients in the state of New York. On February 6th, Canada’s Supreme Court struck down a ban on physician-assisted suicide for […]

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Danger in the Dietary Supplement Aisle. Again.

Good news? Walmart may be next in line to help police the dietary supplement industry. Let me explain. Yesterday, the NY state attorney general’s office accused four national retail chains – GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart – of selling fraudulent and mislabeled dietary supplements based on findings that four out of five of the products […]

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Measles: Where “to Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate” Is Not the Question

Soon after the measles outbreak originating in Disneyland became widely publicized in the media, the satirical newspaper The Onion published a “commentary” titled: “I Don’t Vaccinate My Child Because It’s My Right To Decide What Eliminated Diseases Come Roaring Back.” Yes, The Onion’s content is meant to be humorous and, as Wikipedia describes it, “surreal […]

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Concussions and College Sports: Time for the NCAA to Step Up to the Plate

By Tanya Baytor, Katherine Shats and James Giordano   In the midst of playoffs games for the National Football League (NFL), last weekend a New York Times article highlighted recent rule changes designed to protect quarterbacks and receivers from debilitating injuries like concussions. And on Monday, questions arose as to whether Seattle’s quarterback played through […]

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