This seminar examines contemporary issues of and scholarship
on health reform. The seminar will provide a framework from which to
understand and evaluate the ethical, empirical and legal implications of
modern efforts at health reform. This class will primarily focus on
issues of health insurance and financing and will secondarily address
issues of health care delivery. No prior knowledge of U.S. health care
systems or health law is required.
The seminar touches on various
topics, including: (1) competing perspectives on what health reform
should accomplish and on the appropriate role for the government vs.
private markets in allocating access to health care; (2) empirical
studies on public and private insurance in the United States both before
and after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that
gauge, for example, access to care and health care spending; (3)
selected current health reform topics, including several key PPACA