Tag: President Obama

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August 7, 2014

Bioethics Commission 201: The Functions of a U.S. Bioethics Commission – Advice, Not Enforcement

The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) advises the President as issues arise from advances in biomedicine and related areas of science and technology. It seeks to identify and promote policies and practices that ensure scientific research, health care delivery, and technological innovation are conducted in a socially and ethically responsible […]
June 7, 2011

Unintended Effect of Obamacare: Employer-based Insurance Disappears?

This could hardly have been the intent when healthcare reform was passed last year, but a recent study by top-notch consulting firm McKinsey suggests that as many as 30% of employers plan to drop health insurance as a benefit when the new healthcare law goes into effect.…

May 21, 2010

Taking a Page from Pres. Clinton's Book, Obama Asks PCSBI to Study Synthetic Life

Without missing a beat, President Obama has asked the newly empaneled Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (ever more on this blog to be referred to as PCSBI, because that’s just a mouthful) to do a comprehensive review of the issue of synthetic life on the heel’s of the announcement made by the J.…

May 12, 2010


Featuring paired issues by Stanford’s Charles E. Murdoch and Christopher Thomas Scott and University of Alberta’s Amy Zarzeczny and Timothy Caulfield, the May issue of AJOB addresses the hot topic of the ethics of stem cell tourism.…

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.…

April 5, 2010

Caplan Says Presidential Smoking is a Public Health Opportunity

Arthur Caplan in a Chicago Tribune opinion piece says that President Obama’s “ongoing battle with cigarettes provides an enormous public health opportunity to do something to reduce the 400,000 American lives lost every year to smoking.”

Caplan goes on to argue, rightly I think, that the President isn’t your average American in many ways when it comes to access to information about the dangers of smoking or smoking cessation methods or healthcare.…

April 28, 2009

Former PCBE Member Tells University of Notre Dame to Take a Flying Leap

Former President’s Council on Bioethics member and Harvard Law Professor, Mary Ann Glendon, has told the University of Notre Dame to take the honor it wished to bestow upon her and kindly have it back.…

March 9, 2009

Caplan Weighs In On Obama Stem Cell Policy

Arthur Caplan writes today in his MSNBC column that the US government finally has a “coherent stem cell policy.” To watch a video of President Obama’s announcement about lifting the stem cell research ban, click here.…

News (1)

April 9, 2012 1:10 pm

Obama gets new bioethics chief (The Hill)

The new executive director of President Obama’s Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues began work Monday. Lisa Lee, a 14-year employee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, takes over from National Institutes of Health lawyer Valerie Bonham.