W&L Audio: Thoughts on the Health Reform Bill Signing Ceremony Prof. Timothy Jost
Washington and Lee law professor Timothy S. Jost, one of the nation’s leading health policy analysts and health reform advocates, was invited to attend Tuesday's signing ceremony for the historic health reform legislation. President Obama signed the bill, which was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Sunday, in the East Room of the White House.
“Whatever one's views may be on the legislation, everyone in the Washington and Lee community should be proud that Tim is being honored for his extraordinary work on health reform over the course of the last year,” said Rodney A. Smolla, Dean of W&L Law. “It is an exceptional honor to be among those Americans invited to attend the ceremony, and Tim deserves great credit for his service to the nation on behalf of a cause in which he deeply believes.”
Jost has been a fixture of the health care reform debate since it began in earnest last June. The author of the numerous books and articles on health policy, including the nation’s leading casebook on the subject of health law, Jost first drew the attention of policy makers and the media for his comparative health system research and analysis of early failed health co-op systems. This latter topic took center stage in the reform debate when health cooperatives were offered as an alternative to a government run “public option.”
Whether the subject was so-called “death panels,” the timing of legislative triggers, the function of health exchanges, potential constitutional challenges to a health care mandate, or provisions regarding federal funding of abortion, Jost has been a frequent commentator in the print and broadcast media. But Jost was no mere talking head during the debate, throughout which he authored numerous substantive articles and opinion pieces exploring confusing facets of the various versions of the health legislation in an attempt to make this complex issue accessible to everyday Americans.
A catalog of Jost’s articles and media appearances is available online at law.wlu.edu/jost.
Timothy S. Jost holds the Robert L. Willett Family Professorship of Law at the Washington and Lee University School of Law. He is a co-author of the casebook Health Law, used widely throughout the United States in teaching health law, and of a treatise and hornbook by the same name. He is also the author of Health Care Coverage Determinations: An International Comparative Study; Disentitlement? The Threats Facing our Public Health Care Programs and a Rights-Based Response; and Readings in Comparative Health Law and Bioethics. His most recent book is Health Care at Risk: A Critique of the Consumer-Driven Movement from Duke University Press.