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April 8, 2010

The Presidential Commission: The Member Analysis

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (PCSBI) had its membership announced yesterday–and frankly, I am apprehensive about the future of the commission.…

March 23, 2010

Tucked Inside National Health Care Reform is National Menu Reform

And just when you were beginning to worry that national health care reform might not effect you have no fear. Nicely tucked away inside the health reform bill in Section 2572 is the mandate that chain restaurants with more than 20 locations display nutritional and caloric information for all of their consumers, says WSJ Health Blog.…

December 16, 2009

Nurses, Doctors Rank Among The Most Trusted Professionals in Society. Who's At The Bottom? You Guessed It. Joseph Lieberman and the Gang.

You might be surprised to learn that nurses (and healthcare professionals generally) are among the most trusted members of society, according to the annual Gallup “Honesty and Ethics of Professions” poll.…

October 13, 2009

Yes, Today. Snowe, Tomorrow?

According to the WSJ Health Blog, Senator Olympia Snowe of Washington State is making no promises as to whether she will continue to back the Senate Finance bill for health care reform.…

July 1, 2009

Common Ground on Abortion? Not Likely.

President Obama isn’t really asking for much. Really it’s quite simple: both sides of the issue, conservatives and liberals, must give up a little bit to reach a “common ground” on a perennial issue to lay this “culture war” on abortion aside.…

April 24, 2009

Are the Democrats About to Pull A Fast One? And Is That Really A Bad Thing?

Health care reform may be in the Democrats’ grasp–thanks to a little known, at least to the average American, process called “budget reconciliation” that could allow healthcare reform to be passed through the Senate with the Democrats 58 votes because the Republicans won’t be able to filibuster it.…

April 20, 2009

Powers' Chicken and The Egg Problem

Madison Powers’ eloquent essay from CQPolitics.com last Friday analyzes Obama’s two-fold problem passing healthcare reform.

What Powers calls “decoupling” the two key arguments about cost containment and expanding access to healthcare, I call his “chicken and the egg problem”.…

March 20, 2009

Harvard Prof to Lead Effort to Get Doctors to Use Computers

With no small task on his hands, the Obama admininistration has tapped Harvard professor David Blumenthal to be the national coordinator for health IT, says the Boston Globe.…

March 20, 2009

Robertson Wants Stem Cells with Longhorns and Lonestars

On Wednesday in the Houston Chronicle, John Robertson argues for changes to the law in the Republic of Texas that would allow for embryonic stem cell research.…

March 17, 2009

One Bioethics Council Dies, As Another Carries On

What will become of government bioethics? At this point, it’s anyone’s guess. Last Thursday, in Washington, the President’s Council on Bioethics convened the some of the world’s experts in government bioethics councils to discuss the past, present and future of bioethics councils including the head of the UK’s Nuffield Council, former executive directors of national bioethics councils and former chair’s of US executive bioethics bodies.…