Category Archives: National Healthcare


Remembering Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey, the Regulator Who Saved a Generation of American Children

In the late 1950s, a new over-the-counter sedative, thalidomide was introduced in Germany. At the time, it was the only non-barbiturate sedative on the market and it was marketed as an extraordinarily safe sleeping aid. The drug company “advertised their product as ‘completely safe’ for everyone, including mother and child, ‘even during pregnancy,’ as its […]

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John Oliver: Jon Stewart’s legacy on public health

Last semester I taught a course on public health law. There was hardly an issue we covered that did not have an astute The Daily Show with Jon Stewart segment to help the students understand not just the health issue, but also its underlying political and legal conditions. Many of the clips are captured here […]

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4 Health Issues of Potential Importance During the Next 535 Days

There are 535 days left in President Obama’s term of office. What does that mean? It means election campaigning is well under way in states like New Hampshire and Iowa. It means that approximately seventeen Republican candidates and several Democratic candidates are appearing at state fairs, famers markets, Pizza Ranches, televised debates and even a Wing Ding […]

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New amfAR Report Highlights Priority Actions to Help States Achieve National HIV/AIDS Strategy Goals

Report urges stronger, more consistent state leadership to help end the AIDS epidemic in the United States. Major achievements have been made in the domestic HIV/AIDS response as a result of increased realignment and coordination of efforts at the federal level. However, that level of consistent coordination and alignment has yet to take place in […]

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HIV Policy Expert Jeffrey Crowley Speaks on Updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy

WASHINGTON (July 30, 2015) – I congratulate Douglas M. Brooks, Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy on the release of the updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States to guide the Nation’s efforts through 2020. This updated Strategy holds the potential to make the next five years as consequential to our collective work as the last five years […]

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Treating the gun violence epidemic: A Call to Action

Yesterday, marked the three-year anniversary of weekly demonstrations led by a group called We the People for Sensible Gun Laws.  The group meets every Monday in front of the White House, holding signs displaying the names of victims of gun violence and demanding sensible gun laws. In honor of the group’s third anniversary, the District’s […]

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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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