NY Times article says US Senate Health Bill depends on shifting dollars from poor to rich
Editor

Over in The New York Times, Margaret Sanger-Katz has an analysis of U.S. Senate health care bill which we have been covering recently. In it, she pulls no bunches and yet, this Editor thinks, fairly describes the Republican values and problems … Continue reading

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Where’s Lysistrata when you need her?
Laura Purdy

Editor’s Note: We have had a few blogs that reference The Handmaid’s Tale since Season 1 of the Hulu series began in 2017, and one that did so several years ago which had a lively discussion in the comments.  Here, Laura … Continue reading

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BREAKING NEWS: disabled persons protest US Senate healthcare bill and cuts to Medicaid (includes link roundup)

As you may know, the US is in the midst of the Republican party’s long-promised efforts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare. Earlier this year, the US House of Representatives passed a bill called the American … Continue reading

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Nigerian medical ethicists and insurers call for regulation of medical insurance and practice
Editor

A June 15, 2017 article found at AllAfrica, and drawing on work by The Guardian, summarizes some of the arguments made at a recent conference in Nigeria. The one-day conference was titled “Ethics in medical practice: The need for Protocol … Continue reading

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“Intersex Patients ‘Routinely Lied To By Doctors'”, per recent BBC Radio 4 article
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Surprising absolutely no one who follows the history of intersex treatment in the United States, BBC Radio 4 has a recent story about the history of intersex treatment in the UK with the provocative headline “Intersex Patients ‘Routinely Lied To … Continue reading

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The Revenge Effects of Electronic Medical Records
Alison Reiheld

In 1996, historian of science Edward Tenner published his influential book Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences. It is an extended consideration of how technology comes to demand much of us even as it frees us from … Continue reading

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What Now?
Rory Kraft

EDITOR’S NOTE: Bioethicist Rory Kraft brings us this handy explanation of the complicated legislative processes in the U.S. Congress, and offers some recommendations for ethicists’ involvement in American healthcare reform going forward. For Kraft’s previous IJFAB Blog reflections on health … Continue reading

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Labor Without Respite: Tennis, pregnancy, and other ‘unexpected feats’

GUEST CONTRIBUTORS Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra (Dr. sc. med., Research Associate, Liminal Spaces Project; Teaching Fellow, School of Law; Executive committee member, Mason Institute; University of Edinburgh Law School, UK) Verina Wild (Dr. med., Philosophy Department, Ludwig-Maximilians- University Munich, Germany)  Social media … Continue reading

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The ABCs of the AHCA: A is for abortion, B is for backward, C is for costly
Rory Kraft

EDITOR’S NOTE: This piece’s posting was delayed by technical errors. However, the analysis of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is still pressing and relevant. While the bill was pulled from a planned House vote in the US Congress on … Continue reading

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Repeal and Replace with….?
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EDIT: 19 minutes after this blog posted, the NY Times released this (screenshot taken 1 hr 14 minutes after blog posted).  Keep it in mind as you read. For the first time in quite some while, the same political party … Continue reading

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Theresa May’s Tory Agenda: All Children Left Behind
Kathryn MacKay

What is happening to our world? Where has our sense of justice and justness gone? It seems like Brexit and The Donald are sounding the death knell of solidarity. They did not cause it; they are, rather, the dead canaries … Continue reading

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What does a Trump Presidency mean for the Affordable Care Act and American patients’ access to care?
Alison Reiheld

Since Trump’s electoral college victory became apparent early Wednesday morning and especially since Secretary Clinton’s concession speech, many bioethicists–and many more American residents–have been wondering what a Trump Presidency means for the Affordable Care Act, AKA “Obamacare.” While the ACA … Continue reading

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