Opinion / Commentary

Opinion / Commentary

Nicholas Bagley Cited in The Washington Post

February 22, 2015

Sometimes the plaintiffs in Supreme Court cases are carefully selected and thoroughly vetted. Sometimes they come out of nowhere to become important symbols of justice. But if you’ve read anything about David King, Douglas Hurst, Brenda Levy or Rose Luck, the four Virginians at the heart of the ...

Health Secretary Says There’s No Backup Plan if Supreme Court Rules Against Law

February 24, 2015

Next week, the Supreme Court hears arguments in a case that could upend Obamacare insurance coverage for millions of people. Tuesday, the Secretary of Health and Human Services said there...

What a 1925 novel by Sinclair Lewis can teach us about health care today

February 7, 2015

Feb. 7 marks the 130th birthday of Sinclair Lewis, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1930. At first glance, one might ask what does an American novelist have to do with a column devoted to medical discoveries and great medical events? Well, when considering he helped initiate our popular...

The Twisted, Tortured Path Obamacare Took Back To The Supreme Court

March 3, 2015

The stakes will be high again on Wednesday, when the court hears King v. Burwell, although lofty constitutional principles are not the issue this time. The case is largely about how to interpret four words in the Affordable Care Act statute. The plaintiffs claim that those words effectively...

7 Ways Apple's New Software Could Change Medical Research For The Better

March 10, 2015

On March 9, Apple Senior Vice President of Operations Jeff Williams made waves in the scientific community with the announcement of his company's new open source iPhone software, ResearchKit. The software gives developers a platform for apps that collect health data and create programs that help...

After two years, hard to call ACA anything but a success

March 13, 2015

It is hard to believe that as the Affordable Care Act turns five on March 23, it continues to be as controversial as it was on day one. The U.S. House of Representatives has taken 56 votes to repeal all or some of the landmark health care reform law, most recently in February. Earlier this month...

What Do Religious Women Think of the Contraceptive Mandate?

March 22, 2015

No healthcare policy has been as controversial in recent years as the Affordable Care Act, and one of its most contentious aspects is the “contraception mandate,” requiring employers to provide no-cost birth control to employees. Employers with a religious or moral objection to contraception...