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Paul Starr on Health Care Reform

November 20th, 2009 3 comments

I don’t often use this space to direct readers to something my law school is doing, but in this case I feel compelled to do just that. Yesterday, Paul Starr of Princeton delivered our annual Raynes McCarty Lecture on Health Law, and reminded us of something easy to forget: There are actually important issues of substance at stake in the current debate  over health care reform. Happily, our tech geniuses Webcast the lecture;  you can find it here.

As this brief summary of Starr’s accomplishments demonstrates, he has the credentials and the experience to place today’s debate into historical context.  His path-breaking book, The Social Transformation of American Medicine, won the 1984 Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction, and he was a senior advisor to the Clintons during their effort to pass health care reform. Like many of us, he thinks that if the current push for reform doesn’t work, it will be a long, long time before anyone will ever touch it again.

His presentation is terrific; I’m going to resist the temptation to summarize it here, because I won’t do it justice AND because you should listen to the whole thing. Engage and enjoy!