Category: Wendy Mariner

Guest Blogger Professor Wendy Mariner: Hobby Lobby – Part 1: Five Supreme Court Justices Write Corporate Fiction

July 3rd, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Law, School of Public Health, Wendy Mariner 0 comments

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By Wendy Mariner, School of Law, School of Public Health

As everyone now knows, the U.S. Supreme Court decided for the first time on June 30, 2014, that for-profit corporations can claim a religious exemption from federal laws that conflict with the personal religious beliefs of people who own the corporation. The majority opinion, by Justice Alito (joined by Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and Kennedy), says “Congress provided protection for people like the Hahns and Greens by employing a familiar legal fiction: It included corporations within RFRA’s definition of “persons.”…

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Connector woes deepen

January 10th, 2014 in 2014, Boston Herald, Newsmakers, School of Law, School of Public Health, Wendy Mariner 0 comments

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Wendy Mariner, School of Public Health, School of Law

News that the state’s problem-plagued Obamacare website may not be fixed before a key deadline is further proof that Massachusetts should sue the company respon-
sible for the broken system, 
Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker said yesterday, while the state Health Connector managers say they’re not ready to commit to any action yet…

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“It’s maddening. It’s enormously frustrating, particularly for Massachusetts, which had a functioning system which worked fine.”

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NYC’s failed cap on sugary drinks prompts soul-searching

April 4th, 2013 in 2013, George Annas, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers, School of Law, School of Public Health, Wendy Mariner 0 comments

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Wendy Mariner, School of Public Health, School of Law
George Annas, School of Public Health

After any military operation, participants huddle for what’s called a hot wash: an early after-action review that explores what went wrong — or right– in an effort to glean lessons for future operations…

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“Agencies that overstep their bounds or adopt rules that are intrusive or just plain silly invite backlash, which can make effective public health regulation impossible. They make fools of themselves and heroes of the opponents of public health.”

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What Went Wrong With The Supreme Court And The Health Law?

April 5th, 2012 in 2012, George Annas, Leonard Gantz, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, WBUR, Wendy Mariner 0 comments

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Leonard Gantz, School of Public Health
George Annas, School of Public Health
Wendy Mariner, School of Public Health

Last week, the Supreme Court heard arguments regarding, among other topics, the individual mandate provision of Affordable Care Act…

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Wendy Mariner On The Supreme Court Health Reform Arguments: The Anti-Injunction Act

March 27th, 2012 in 2012, Newsmakers, School of Public Health, Wendy Mariner 0 comments

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Wendy Mariner, School of Public Health

If comments by the Justices of the United States Supreme Court are any indication of their likely decision, then the Court seems ready to decide whether the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) minimum coverage provision (also known as the individual mandate) is constitutional…

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