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2 posts from May 2017


Upcoming Podcasts: Altruism's Role in Health Care (5/31) and the AHCA in Context of Social Justice (6/1)

Considering the House Republican's nakedly cruel May 4th vote to effectively drop health care coverage for millions of Americans, on May 31st and June 1st: 

Dr. Abigail Marsh, Georgetown Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience, will discuss altruism (the selfless concern for the well-being of others), i.e., what explains the extraordinary altruism exhibited in voluntarily donating a kidney to a stranger.   

Dr. Jason Silverstein, Lecturer and the Writer-in-Residence at Harvard Medical School and Instructor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, will discuss the House Republican passed AHCA (American Health Care Act) in context of social justice.  Some of Dr. Silverstein's ACA-related essays are at: https://tonic.vice.com/en_us/contributor/jason-silverstein.





"Would Repealing the ACA Violate International Law?" (May 3rd )


The Health Care Blog (http://thehealthcareblog.com/) posted an essay under this title on April 28th by myself and Jason Chung. The blog post summarizes Washington Post opinion writer, Dana Milbank's, April 25th essay noting the UN forwarded to the Trump administration on February 2nd a letter arguing repeal of the ACA would likely violate several US-agreed to international treaties and other international agreements concerning the rights of everyone to enjoy the highest attainable standards of physical and mental health. As Milbank noted, and as repeated in the blog post, the Trump administration, despite the UN's request to make known the letter to Congressional leaders, buried the correspondence.  The letter was leaked by a DHHS employee who had obtained a copy from the State Department.   

Milbank's article and the UN letter are at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/apparently-repealing-obamacare-could-violate-international-law/2017/04/25/2794a77c-29f4-11e7-b605-33413c691853_story.html?utm_term=.3d3cbd497026 and  https://www.washingtonpost.com/r/2010-2019/WashingtonPost/2017/04/25/Editorial-Opinion/Graphics/103_17_ACA_Repeal_Request_for_Information.pdf?tid=a_inl