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Is Health Activism a Collective Responsibility?

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During the tumultuous “repeal and replace” frenzy in the spring and summer of 2017, the US House of Representatives and Senate moved quickly to consider bills intended to either eliminate the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) or restrict its various provisions. The American Health Care Act (AHCA) in the House and the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) in …

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Identity politics, partisanship and healthcare

The problem of intense polarization in politics -and in society more generally- has been on the spotlight for several months now. In the past couple of weeks, we’ve been bombarded by headlines, arguments, and op-eds that show the extent to which this polarization is impacting something that should not –at least in principle- be a matter of partisanship: The provision …

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#SoComplicatedSyllabus – Check it out and please contribute!

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“I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably complex subject…Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated,” said Donald J. Trump on Monday, February 27, at a press conference. This was his answer to a question about the then-seemingly stalled, but as of now reinvigorated, plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the 2010 health care law that …

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Musings on the Materiality of Health Care

In October of 2014, Romanian mass-media featured the local story of a few dozen citizens—most of them Orthodox nuns—refusing their newly issued state health insurance cards, on the grounds that the term card imprinted on the card would spell, when read backwards, drac—the Romanian word for “devil.” It seemed that the nuns, along with a few Orthodox priests and …

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Arguing with Justice: Brexit and Biomedicine

The aftermath of the UK’s recent referendum on European Union (EU) membership, which culminated in a decision for Britain to leave the EU, reminds us of Britain’s bleak history of racism, and should prompt us to reflect upon the political visions of justice that underlie current constitutions of biomedicine.

For many, the outcome of the ‘Brexit’ referendum was justice turned …

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Clean Pharma Crusader: Senator Chuck Grassley’s Enigmatic Campaign to Combat Rising Health Care Costs

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has relentlessly pursued fraud, protectionism, price gouging, and other ethical violations in pharmaceutical and medical device marketing practices. Grassley is the only Republican member of Congress who supports intensified regulation in the health industries. Yet he was an outspoken critic of Obamacare, despite the president’s hopes to recruit him to the cause, and drug companies are …