Author Archives: Sam Halabi

The Hidden Structural Antagonist in Stephen Williams’s The Reformer: How One Liberal Fought to Preempt the Russian Revolution

by Sam Halabi — Monday, Nov. 13, 2017

Many thanks to Peter and, of course, Judge Williams for a book rich with lessons for historians, scholars of the administrative state, and, for me, at least, international relations. In a world where autocracy remains common if more threatened, Judge Williams sets out to explore the prerequisites for autocracies to transition (peacefully, it would appear) […]

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The New Director-General of the World Health Organization

by Sam Halabi — Thursday, May 25, 2017

On May 23, 2017, the World Health Assembly, the decision-making body of the World Health Organization, elected Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director-General of WHO.  Dr Tedros, a former Ethiopian Health Minister, is the first African leader of the international organization.  WHO is distinct among international organizations for its ability to initiate both treaties […]

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The Opioid Addiction Prevention Act and the Best Distribution of Regulatory Activity over Illicit and Prescription Opioids

by Sam Halabi — Tuesday, Apr. 25, 2017

There is substantial evidence that opioid addiction poses a significant threat to individual and public health in the United States.  The CDC reports that the majority of drug overdose deaths (more than six out of ten) involve an opioid.  Since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids quadrupled. From 2000 to 2015 more than […]

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Returning Attention to State ACA and Medicaid Waivers

by Sam Halabi — Sunday, Mar. 26, 2017

Now that the potential repeal of Obamacare is off the table (at least for a while), it’s worth turning attention (by all stakeholders) to one of Obamacare’s provisions crafted to accommodate approaches advocated across the political spectrum as well as the balance between local and national scale: Section 1332 State Innovation Waivers and Section 1115 […]

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A Nudge on the Individual Mandate

by Sam Halabi — Sunday, Mar. 12, 2017

Citing President Trump’s January 20 Executive Order, the IRS has altered the reporting mechanism for “minimum essential coverage” under the Affordable Care Act. A Form 1040 taxpayer, for example, had to check a box on line 61 to confirm coverage. If a taxpayer did not do so, the form was rejected. Because the “executive order […]

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The Obamacare Alternatives, Redistribution, and Free Markets in Healthcare

by Sam Halabi — Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017

Following Nick’s insightful post and in light of both President Trump’s speech this evening as well as House GOP defections from the leaked bill, it’s worth surveying the alternatives to Obamacare GOP legislators have floated so far and what might end up getting stitched together to form the outline of a unifying GOP plan. On […]

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Renegotiating Trade Deals in Light of Advances in Multilateral Treaty Law Applicable to the Life Sciences Economy

by Sam Halabi — Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017

Donald Trump’s team has led an insurrection against the dogma of free trade, calling for a revision or dissolution of NAFTA and killing US participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  They promise to “repeal and replace” the prevailing multilateral system with bilateral deals that do a better job of allocating trade gains to the U.S. (and, […]

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Stigma, Sexual Assault, and the Structure of Title IX Compliance

by Sam Halabi — Monday, Dec. 19, 2016

It is inevitable that the priorities of the Department of Education will change under its new chief, Betsy DeVos. The purpose of this post is to take one of the Obama-era legacies – Title IX enforcement – and suggest ways it might be improved – especially as understood from an individual health lens. While the […]

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Where It Hurts

by Sam Halabi — Monday, Dec. 12, 2016

It’s unclear how many Americans fully understand the meaning of the U.S. (and many other countries’) “one China policy” and the history behind it, but Donald Trump’s recent phone call with Tsai Ing-wen, the Taiwanese president who won this year’s elections in part on an interpretation of “one China” that included greater autonomy for Taiwan, […]

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Obama, Trump, and Infectious Diseases as National Security Threats

by Sam Halabi — Friday, Nov. 25, 2016

One of the distinguishing features of the Obama administration’s approach to national security threats has been the priority given to infectious diseases. Clinton and George W. Bush established their own programs devoted in substantial measure to HIV/AIDS but the Obama administration, from 2009, dedicated far more of its security planning resources to outbreaks of infectious […]

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