Adam Gaffney on ‘The Week in Health Law’ Podcast

By Nicolas Terry and Frank Pasquale

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Adam Gaffney, physician, writer, public health researcher, and healthcare advocate joins us to discuss the “right to health” in all its manifestations, and the slow crawl of U.S. healthcare toward universalism and single-payer. It’s a broad-ranging discussion, touching on law, human rights, political discourse, and economics.

A brief “lightning” round focuses on the exposure of Facebook’s ethos and healthcare consolidation and concentration, with a brief mention of zombie repeal and replace efforts and the Senate HELP’s September 12th bipartisan exchange stabilization hearing. (Frank was also in the Senate that day, but at a different hearing.)

Adam W. Gaffney is Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a staff physician at the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), an organization with a longstanding commitment to community health and the health of the underserved. He is author of To Heal Humankind: The Right to Health in History (Routledge, 2017).

The Week in Health Law Podcast from Frank Pasquale and Nicolas Terry is a commuting-length discussion about some of the more thorny issues in Health Law & Policy. Subscribe at Apple Podcasts, listen at Stitcher Radio Tunein, or Podbean, or search for The Week in Health Law in your favorite podcast app. Show notes and more are at If you have comments, an idea for a show or a topic to discuss you can find us on Twitter @nicolasterry @FrankPasquale @WeekInHealthLaw