Health Insurance 101: Why You Can’t Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

President Trump's week one executive order on Obamacare calls for the following: To the maximum extent permitted by law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the heads of all other executive departments and agencies (agencies) with authorities and responsibilities under the Act shall exercise all authority and discretion available to them to waive,… Continue reading Health Insurance 101: Why You Can’t Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

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On Morality, Prudence, and the Health Insurance Mandate: A Reply to Jeff Hammond

[Note: this is my reply to Jeff's latest post on healthcare, available here] Once again, my thanks to Jeff for participating in this conversation. I'm going to focus my attention here on this specific comment from Jeff's last post: Nevertheless, EMTALA and the individual mandate may be connected, not for moral reasons, but for merely prudential reasons. I… Continue reading On Morality, Prudence, and the Health Insurance Mandate: A Reply to Jeff Hammond

Jeff Hammond on Healthcare, Mandates, and the Importance of Individual Responsibility

This morning Jeff sent me his next contribution to our conversation about healthcare ethics.  I'm posting Jeff's comments without commentary from me below.  This post is in response to my earlier blog post, available here. Jeff's response: It’s great to continue this conversation with Vic.  It’s always a treat to discuss EMTALA, my very favorite… Continue reading Jeff Hammond on Healthcare, Mandates, and the Importance of Individual Responsibility

Our National Shame (or #IamwithReagan)

Today I felt compelled to take a break from my ongoing series on healthcare. The last week has been disillusioning for those of us who have long regarded our country as a haven for those fleeing persecution, not a community beholden to the specters of xenophobia, religious bigotry, and demagoguery.  President Trump's recent executive order… Continue reading Our National Shame (or #IamwithReagan)

On EMTALA and the Moral Logic of Government Mandates

This post is my reply to Jeff Hammond's blog post, part of our ongoing conversation about healthcare ethics and law.  Jeff's post is available here. Many thanks to Jeff for his generous response and his participation in this conversation. Having read Jeff's first post, I'm uncertain whether or not to call our electronic exchange a… Continue reading On EMTALA and the Moral Logic of Government Mandates

Healthcare Ethics: A Reply from Jeff Hammond

My friend Jeff Hammond, Professor of Law at Faulkner University, has agreed to participate in an extended discussion about healthcare ethics and law.  Healthcare law is Jeff's specialty, so he has a lot of insight to contribute to the conversation.  As I noted in my first blog post in this series, Jeff is more conservative than… Continue reading Healthcare Ethics: A Reply from Jeff Hammond