Monthly Archives: March 2017

No Democrat Should Vote for Neil Gorsuch

By Ian Silverii* He’s a nice guy. He’s a fair and good jurist. Well, he could be worse. If everything is an outrage, nothing is. These are some of the arguments I hear from friends, political operatives, and conservatives and progressives alike when discussing the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court…

Assisting Personal Responsibility: Using Nudges to Reduce Sugar Consumption

By Steven J. Gonzalez[1] I. Introduction The prevalence of obesity and its related chronic illnesses has been increasing for decades and takes a heavy toll not only on individual households, but also on public health institutions. The over-consumption of sugar, especially through Sugar Sweetened Beverages (SSBs), is an important contributor to this epidemic. Curtailing Americans’ intake…

What to do With an Alt-Right White House: The Present Need for, and Future Challenges to, Suing the Federal Government for Discrimination

By Alexander Reinert* Many remarkable events have taken place during the first month of President Donald Trump’s Administration. Among these, the Administration’s restrictions on immigration, and the role litigants and judges have played in at least temporarily halting those restrictions, have received much deserved attention. But perhaps overlooked is that the challenges have been successful…

The Moral Foundations of the Insurance Mandate

By Tina Rulli* Republicans’ new plan to replace the Affordable Care Act ditches the health insurance mandate, the requirement for individuals to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty. Instead, their American Health Care Act favors tax credits to incentivize people to purchase insurance. There are many vantage points from which to assess the health…

The Travel Ban is Just for Show—The Real Threat is from Individual Officials Who Can Act on its Discriminatory Message

By Angela D. Morrison* The administration’s revised travel ban represents only the most visible part of the administration’s discriminatory immigration policy. The U.S. immigration system has a sexist and racist history. The travel ban, along with many of the administration’s other immigration policies, builds on that legacy. Because the administration has been so apparent in…

Leaks, Leakers, and a Free Press

By Heidi Kitrosser* President Trump supports accountability regarding his campaign’s alleged contacts with Russia. He is similarly responsive to stories about his administration’s early missteps, including embarrassing phone calls with world leaders and the crafting of the controversial travel ban. The accountability that he has in mind, however, is not for himself or his surrogates. Rather,…

The ACA is working – and there is no replacement

By Jonathan Gruber, MIT* One of the most contentious public policy issues of the early days of the Trump Administration is the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). President Trump and congressional Republicans decry the law as a failure and say that it must be repealed and replaced with something better. This line of…

Alternative Facts in the War on Immigrants

By Philip L. Torrey* For the past couple of weeks, many of us have rightly focused on the chaos that Trump’s hasty and ill-conceived executive orders on immigration have created. But buried in the fine print of the “Interior Enforcement” executive order is a provision that signals an equally alarming threat; one that has gone…

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