Tag Archives: Volume 39

The Candor Factor: Does Nominee Evasiveness Affect Judiciary Committee Support for Supreme Court Nominees?

Are members of the Senate Judiciary Committee more likely to vote in favor of Supreme Court nominees who are candid and forthcoming during their confirmation hearings? Based on a line by line content analysis of every hearing transcript since 1955, … Continue reading

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Managing Scarce Water in the Face of Global Climate Change: Preventing Conflict in the Horn of Africa

Scientists predict that global climate change will alter the planet in significant ways. Weather patterns will change, causing drought in some areas and increased precipitation leading to devastating flooding in others. The United Nations, a significant number of governments, and … Continue reading

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The Solution to the United States’ Energy Troubles Is Blowing in the Wind

In order to address the growing energy needs in the United States, the development of alternative energy resources is imperative. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”), fossil fuels comprise sixty-seven percent of the electricity used in America and … Continue reading

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Stripping Down the Reasonableness Standard: The Problems with Using In Loco Parentis to Define Students’ Fourth Amendment Rights

The Fourth Amendment protects citizens “against unreasonable searches and seizures” unless the search is founded “upon probable cause.” However, it has been almost a quarter of a century since the U.S. Supreme Court first established the reasonableness standard for searches … Continue reading

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Rhetorical Federalism: The Value of State-Based Dissent to Federal Health Reform

This Article makes the affirmative case for the widespread trend of state resistance to the recently enacted, comprehensive federal health reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (“ACA”). A significant number of states have engaged in … Continue reading

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Health Insurance in Switzerland: A Closer Look at a System Often Offered as a Model for the United States

A recent Google search on the words, “Switzerland health care system,” turned up three news reports in the first screen of results presenting Switzerland as a model for the United States. The common thread in these works was the idea … Continue reading

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ERISA Preemption Doctrine as Health Policy

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) was passed by a Democratic Congress and signed by a Republican President, Gerald Ford, in 1974. Since that time, it has been a source of confusion and debate among scholars. The primary focus … Continue reading

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Health Reform and Health Equity: Sharing Responsibility for Health in the United States

Two failings of U.S. health care have defined recent reform efforts: the escalating cost of health care—estimated to have reached $2.5 trillion in 2009 —and the swelling ranks of uninsured and underinsured Americans, now totaling some seventy-five million people. They … Continue reading

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New Directions in American Health Care

Despite all the questions that continue to surface about the future effectiveness of health reform, U.S. physicians can do more now to help patients than at any other time in our history. Yet, a dichotomy remains within health care that … Continue reading

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The Evolving Role of Physicians in a Reformed American Health Care System

Thank you for your kind introduction. I am going to make one factual correction which should be of interest to everybody. Technically I am the longest serving governor in history of the State of Vermont. The reason I am the … Continue reading

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