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Welcoming Prof. David Hyman:

I'm delighted to report that Prof. David Hyman of the University of Illinois law school will be joining us as a co-blogger. David directs the Epstein Program in Health Law and Policy, and focuses his research and writing on the regulation and financing of health care. He teaches or has taught health care regulation, civil procedure, insurance law, law and economics, professional responsibility, and tax policy.

While serving as Special Counsel to the Federal Trade Commission, David was principal author and project leader for the Improving Health Care: A Dose of Competition report (2004). He also wrote Medicare Meets Mephistopheles, a satiric examination of the Medicare program, which was selected by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce/National Chamber Foundation as one of the top ten books of 2007.

David is a member of the American Law Institute, an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, and an M.D. as well as a lawyer. Welcome, David, to our merry band!

Ari (mail) (www):
"Welcome, David, to our merry band!"

Don't you mean "merry conspiracy"? On second thought, conspiracies usually aren't very merry...

Welcome!
12.1.2008 8:29pm
Lior:
Welcome!
12.1.2008 8:33pm
Eric Muller (www):
Glad to see you're joining up at the VC, David. I look forward to reading your posts!
12.1.2008 8:34pm
Jonathan H. Adler (mail) (www):
Welcome David. I'm glad you accepted our invitation.

JHA
12.1.2008 8:40pm
Alexia:
Wow! A great writer and a great topic! Can't wait to read him!
12.1.2008 9:04pm
David Warner:
Wilkommen Herrdoktor!

First, do no harm.
12.1.2008 9:50pm
James Lindgren (mail):
David,

I'm thrilled!

Now, Dr., I need a little advice. I've got this odd pain in my side . . . .

Warmest Welcome,

Jim Lindgren
12.1.2008 10:05pm
therut (mail):
I too will be interested in your writings.
12.1.2008 10:40pm
Sitnah:
As a former (and perhaps future, as I'm just a 2L) student who reads VC regularly, this is pretty cool. Welcome aboard from me, for what it's worth.
12.1.2008 10:58pm
OrinKerr:
Welcome, David.
12.1.2008 11:10pm
Dawnsblood (mail):
Welcome Professor!
12.1.2008 11:18pm
ll (mail):

principal author and project leader for the Improving Health Care


On the offchance that improving healthcare relates to financing it and to insurance, may retirees from companies who provide health insurance to retirees, premium contributions from both company and retiree, use Health Savings Accounts? If not, why not? And, should that be a choice instead of or alongside of Medicare?
12.1.2008 11:58pm
Psalm91 (mail):
As the parent of a permanently disabled adult (spastic quadriplegia since drowning as infant) should I be expecting an argument as to why his state provided care is inferior to the market solution of preexisting condition uninsurability? I do understand the ideological issues, but am curious as to any real world prescriptions other than more of the same insurance company run health care.
12.2.2008 1:05am
Ilya Somin:
Welcome, David! I look forward to your posts.
12.2.2008 1:21am
fortyninerdweet (mail):
Run, David. Its not too late. Oops, scratch that. Welcome.
12.2.2008 1:50am
DiverDan (mail):
As an Alumni of the U of I Law School (from way back when John Cribbet was still teaching 1Ls about Property Law), it'll be nice to read some well-grounded views from the Prairie. Welcome, David.
12.2.2008 10:39am
Thorley Winston (mail) (www):
Welcome Professor Hyman, it's good to see that Professor Volokh finally brought on a fellow health law lawyer :). May your time here be productive, profligate and profitable.
12.2.2008 11:04am
Portland (mail):

As the parent of a permanently disabled adult (spastic quadriplegia since drowning as infant) should I be expecting an argument as to why his state provided care is inferior to the market solution of preexisting condition uninsurability? I do understand the ideological issues, but am curious as to any real world prescriptions other than more of the same insurance company run health care.


I've got some of the same doubts you do, but I think it is better form online and in general not to be pre-disappointed -- in this instance, in the views you expect the new commentator to hold. Maybe he'll surprise you. After all, if we know just what the other person will say (and, unfortunately, in thinking we know, we are much more likely to hear it regardless of what is said) then why carry on the conversation?
12.2.2008 11:17am
Spanos (mail):
Oh, great, another accomplished multitalent posting learned thoughts on complex topics, probably smarter than me.

That's enough, I'm going to Talking Points Memo and The Plank, where I won't have to deal with all the careful reasoning and rigorous thought.
12.2.2008 12:15pm
guy in the veal calf office (mail) (www):
David appears to suffer from a curriculum vitae bubble. Soon enough, his accolades will lose value on the Ivy League/Fly-Over swap market and the other conspirators will be forced to bail him out with their bona fides.

Of course, readers will be left picking up the tab for yet more titled positions (i.e., tenured, unionized, patronage jobs doled out in the spirit of simony and nepotism) in the academic departments used by marketers at the great fund-raising institutions (e.g., UCLA, George Mason, etc.) in this country.
12.2.2008 2:45pm