McCormack Speaks

May 5, 2017
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Time for a Lobbying Law Revamp?

by Christopher Dunne, McCormack Scholar

flag and gavelIt’s been seven years since Massachusetts last reviewed its lobbying laws and while the legislature is revisiting other aspects of government integrity this spring, statutes and regulations covering lobbyists are not on the table. My master’s capstone research aims to perform an in-depth check-up on these laws by interviewing stakeholders and analyzing data to determine if an update is needed.

While re-convening the Public Integrity Task Force that shaped the law last in 2009 under Governor Deval Patrick is not an option, many members of that body have been happy to talk about that experience and their views on how the law has functioned. Task Force members ranged from elected officials to legal experts to advocates, each with differing thoughts on the right approach to ensuring public confidence and trust in our political system. Continue Reading →

May 1, 2017
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Healthcare vs Health

by Rodrigo Monterrey, McCormack MPA Student

StethescopeMost Americans agree, regardless of their views on Obamacare, that good health is critical to their well-being. A Gallup poll shows an overwhelming majority of people in the United States (84%), when asked how important healthcare is, responded “very” or “extremely”.

But health and healthcare are two different things. Having healthcare does not mean you will not get sick—and not having it does not mean you will. In fact, while the United States spends more per capita on healthcare than any other nation, our health rankings keep slipping downward – currently 38th in World Health Organization (WHO) findings. Could our efforts, in some way, be making things worse?

Genetics, biology—these only explain individual health risk factors. It is the reason doctors ask about a family history to know what to monitor. However, they do not explain the disparities in health we see between entire segments of the U.S. population. Continue Reading →

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