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Sunday, October 11, 2009

O'Neil Institute for National and Global Health Announces New Blog on Legal Issues in Health Reform


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


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.



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