Gina's Beauty is Only Skin Deep

Gene Watch, Vol. 22, No. 2, pp. 9-12, 2009

3 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2009

See all articles by Mark A. Rothstein

Mark A. Rothstein

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law; University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Date Written: April 1, 2009

Abstract

It is hard to be critical of the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). After all, it is the first federal law enacted to prohibit genetic discrimination, and passing it took 13 years of work by people whose goals I share. In analyzing the law, however, it is apparent that GINA fails to resolve or even address many of the basic concerns that drove the legislative effort. It is also clear why, despite 13 years of wrangling on Capitol Hill the final version of GINA was passed unanimously in the Senate and received only one negative vote in the Houses of Representatives - and that from inveterate naysayer, Representative Ron Paul.

Keywords: Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, GINA, genetic discrimination, health insurance, employment, americans with disabilities act, ADA, electronic health records, EHRs

JEL Classification: K31, K32

Suggested Citation

Rothstein, Mark A., Gina's Beauty is Only Skin Deep (April 1, 2009). Gene Watch, Vol. 22, No. 2, pp. 9-12, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1519975

Mark A. Rothstein (Contact Author)

University of Louisville - Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law ( email )

Louisville, KY 40202
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.louisville.edu/bioethics

University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law ( email )

Wilson W. Wyatt Hall
Louisville, KY 40292
United States

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