Co-Founder and former Director of the Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR)
Pro to the question "Should All Americans Have the Right (Be Entitled) to Health Care?"
"In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed a 'Second Bill of Rights' for Americans, declaring 'freedom from want' to be one of four essential liberties necessary for human security. Roosevelt's definition of freedom included 'the right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health.'
Unfortunately, the United States turned its back on Roosevelt's vision, and as a result our health care system is in a state of ever-deepening crisis. Despite spending far more per capita on health care than any other country, U.S. has some of the poorest health indicators in the industrialized world. It is the only industrialized nation to deny its citizens universal access to medical services...
This record can be largely attributed to the notion that health care is simply one commodity among others, a privilege for those who can afford it rather than a fundamental human right for all. With a system that values profits over people, it is no surprise that health care costs continue to spiral out of control for ordinary Americans even as HMOs and pharmaceutical companies accumulate record-breaking profits. Only a new approach recognizing the right of every American to adequate health care can address the magnitude of the current crisis."
"The Right to Health in America: What Does It Mean," www.cesr.org, Oct. 2004
Experts Individuals with MDs, DOs, PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to health care and related issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to health care and related issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Project Coordinator, Relief Information Systems Earthquakes Pakistan (RISE-Pak), Jan. 2006-present
Acting Executive Director, Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR), 2004
Research/Managing Director, CESR, 1993-2003
Consultant, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), July 1997
Consultant, Thomas J. Watson Jr. Institute for International Studies, Brown University, Jan.-June 1996
Consultant, United Nations Department of Humanitarian Affairs (DHA), Feb. 1996
Consultant, FAO, Nov. 1993, Aug. 1995
Project Director, Environment Health Mission to Ecuador, Apr.-May 1993
Population Council Fellowship, 1992-1993
Public Health Supervisor, Mission to Post-Gulf War Iraq, Aug. 1991-Apr. 1992
Consultant, USAID Project on Child Mortality in Pakistan, June-Aug. 1991
Research Assistant for Gender, Politics and Population Policy, Aug. 1990-June 1991
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship for Leadership Development, 1990-1991
Research Assistant, Issues on Contraceptive Policy, Aug.-Oct. 1990
Research Associate for Commission on Global Health Research, Sep. 1988-May 1990
ScD (Doctorate in Science), Population and International Health, Harvard School of Public Health, 1993
MSc, Population Studies, Harvard School of Public Health, 1990
BA, Hunger, Health, and Disease in Developing Countries, Brown University, May 1987
Cowritten with Roger Normand, Human Rights at the UN: The Political History of Universal Justice, 2007
"Health, Rights and Justice," Ethics and International Affairs, Winter 2004
Cowritten with Jean Carmalt, JD, "The Right to Health in America: What Does It Mean," www.cesr.org, Oct. 2004
Cowritten with J.Brenner, J.Ross, and J.Simmons, "Neoliberal Trade and Investment and the Health of Maquiladora Workers on the US-Mexico Border," Dying for Growth, Eds. J. Kim, J. Millen, A. Irwin, and J. Gershman, 1999
"Child Mortality in Iraq Reanalyzed," Lancet, Oct. 1997
"Haiti: Impact of the Coup and Sanctions on Civilians," Political Gain and Civilian Pain, Eds. D. Cortright, G. Lopez, L. Minear, and T. Weiss, 1997
Cowritten with T. LaMontagne, S. Kales and L. Azaroff, "The Effects of Oil Contamination in the Ecuadorian Amazon," official report to US District Court in White Plains, NY on behalf of the Ecuadorian indigenous groups in a case against Texaco, Jan. 1996
"Oil Development in the Ecuadorian Amazon: A Challenge to Legal Thinking," Environmental Impact Assessment Review, Fall 1994
"Conflict and Sanctions: Iraq 1991-1994," Medicine and Global Survival, Fall 1994
Cowritten with C. Jochnick and R. Normand, "Rights Violations in the Ecuadorian Amazon: The Human Consequences of Oil Development," Health and Human Rights Quarterly, 1994
"Effect of the Gulf War on Infant and Child Mortality in Iraq,” New England Journal of Medicine, Apr. 1992