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Hodge quoted in 'Health Law Reporter'

September 15, 2010

James G. Hodge Jr., the ASU Lincoln Professor of Health Law and Ethics, and Director of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law’s Public Health Law and Policy Program, was quoted in a recent issue of BNA Health Law Reporter, a publication of The Bureau of National Affairs.

In “Health System Reform – Arizona Group Files Latest Challenge to Federal Health Care Reform Overhaul,” Hodge addressed a complaint filed by the Goldwater Institute of Phoenix, which seeks to strike down the 2010 federal health care reforms package. The Institute claims the bill exceeds the powers of Congress, interferes with the authority of the states, unlawfully creates a board designed to control costs primarily through Medicare and Medicaid, and violates the separation of powers by establishing a new bureaucracy without meaningful congressional oversight or judicial review.

Hodge took a skeptical view of the lawsuit’s challenge of the Independent Payment Advisory Board on First Amendment grounds, according to the article.

Congress “is more than positioned with the affirmative vote of its members to create an advisory board like this, and to give it the type of independence it needs so that it can conduct its functions outside of the congressional review. In fact, Congress has done this with multiple advisory boards in the past,” Hodge said.

To review the full article, click here.

Through scholarly and applied work, Hodge delves into multiple areas of public health law, global health law, ethics, and human rights. Professor Hodge teaches Health Law, Ethics, and Policy, Public Health Law and Ethics, and Global Health Law and Policy at the College of Law. He also is an affiliated faculty member in the Global Health program in the School of Human Evolution & Social Change at ASU.

Janie Magruder,
(480) 727-9052
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law