Sunday, October 11, 2009
A new blog called "Legal Issues in Health Reform" was announced by Timothy Westmoreland, the Co-Director of Legal Solutions in Health Reform, O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. Tim's announcement reads as follows:
The initial posts by Mark Hall and Tim Jost engage the debate over "the constitutionality of health reform," specifically the constitutionality of an individual mandate. Check it out at http://oneillhealthreform.wordpress.com.
One of the primary purposes of the blog is to create a venue for more extensive analysis of legal issues that may first appear in the media.
Mark's and Tim's posts rebut arguments - made recently in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, LA Times and elsewhere - that Congress lacks the constitutional authority to enact major components of reform proposals now moving through Congress. Other recent posts include discussion of whether the individual mandate is a tax, federalism and procedural due process, and a response to the proposed legislation amending health insurance anti-trust laws.
As health reform legislation continues to develop and move forward, the O'Neill blog will be a community resource for thoughtful analysis of the legal issues presented in the various bills. You can sign up for the blog's RSS feed as a way to conveniently follow these important debates. And feel free to join the discussion - the blog is open to comments from the public.