College of Law

Faculty Book Talk: States of Health

Faculty Book Talk: States of Health

DATE: Friday, September 27 2024
TIME: 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm MST
LOCATION: College of Law and Virtual Event
COST: Free and open to the public.
1 hour CLE (pending).

Professor Leslie Francis discusses her recently published book, States of Health: The Ethics and Consequences of Policy Variation in a Federal System, written with co-author John Francis. Leslie Francis is a professor of philosophy and law with expertise in bioethics, disability law and ethics, and privacy and data use. John Francis is a professor of political science with expertise in federalism, comparative regulatory policy, and European comparative politics. The authors will be joined by a panel of experts on health care and health law.

Is it morally or politically acceptable to have wide differences in the quality of health care when one crosses a state line? States of Health identifies the practical relevance of federalism to people facing ethical decisions about health and health care, and it considers the theoretical justifications for permissible differences among states. It asks whether authority over important aspects of health is misaligned in the United States today, with some matters problematically left to the states while others are taken over by the federal government. Health care is a basic good, central to the ability of people to flourish. If state policies result in a landscape where residents of some states can flourish in ways that residents of other states cannot, the mutuality of a federal union might be threatened. States of Health reminds us that there are some divisions that a nation cannot endure.




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