UCSD Alumni Legal Professionals Network presents...Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Healthiness: The Arguments, Ethics, and Economics of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In late March, history will be made as lawyers argue the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) before the Supreme Court, challenging or upholding the law’s constitutionality. Not only will the Supreme Court’s ruling determine presidential powers and constitutional limits of government, it will also set a course for U.S. healthcare, health law and economics for the states and all Americans. Join UCSD Alumni for an insightful look into the significance of the oral arguments before the Supreme Court and the ramifications of the Court’s decision on the way Americans will live and prosper in the years ahead.
Melissa Famulari, Ph.D.
Lecturer and vice chair in Undergraduate Education, UCSD Department of Economics.
Formerly a research economist with the Bureau of Labor Statistics at the U.S. Department of Labor, Famulari’s research interests are in the fields of labor and health economics.
Julianne Howell, Ph.D.
Health Policy Consultant
Howell is the former director of Health Sciences Planning at UCSD. Her expertise is focused on new delivery models that improve care coordination, in particular, Accountable Care Organizations, medical homes and community-based care transitions. Following a Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship in Washington, D.C., she spent six years at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, focusing on issues of quality measurement, value-based purchasing and management strategies for beneficiaries with multiple chronic diseases. She currently consults the Executive Leadership Team at the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency.
Glenn Smith, J.D., LL.M.
Professor of Law, California Western School of Law
A past chair of the Section on Legislation of the Association of American Law Schools, Smith participates frequently in media interviews and public affairs programs about constitutional controversies and the Supreme Court. He is the chair of the J.D./Ph.D. Dual Degree Program in Political Science in conjunction with UC San Diego and the creator of a nationally-recognized seminar in which law students learn about the Supreme Court by role-playing as lawyers arguing before it and current justices.
Dr. Nick Yphantides, ’92, MD, MPH
Dr. Nick Yphantides serves as the Chief Medical Officer for the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency and is the National Director of Health and Wellness for Axene Health Partners. He was the founding co-chair of San Diego County’s Childhood Obesity Initiative and is an advocate for the underserved and for strengthening the safety net. He is also the former publicly elected Chairman of the Board for Palomar Pomerado Health. As a popular public speaker, he addresses a variety of topics, including wellness promotion and his own personal weight-loss story.
Paul Friedman, M.D.
Professor Emeritus at UC San Diego and former Associate Dean and Dean for Academic Affairs
Friedman has been active in pulmonary radiology research since retirement. He consults with outside companies and trial lawyers on aspects of pulmonary radiology and teaches fundamentals of chest radiology to medical students and research integrity issues to various academic groups. He has become knowledgeable about healthcare reform and serves as the chairman of the San Diego chapter of PNHP-CA (Physicians for a National Healthcare Program-California).
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