After September 11: Rethinking Public Health Federalism
Wendy E. Parmet
Northeastern University - School of Law
Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Vol. 30, No. 2, pp. 201-211, Summer 2002
Northeastern University School of Law Research Paper
Several federalism doctrines developed by the U.S. Supreme Court in the last several years have cast doubt over the federal government's ability to be an active player in public health. In the wake of September 11 and the subsequent anthrax attacks, these doctrines may diminish in importance as the need for a strong federal response to bioterrorism becomes clear. Beyond this, public health protection requires a pragmatic, rather than doctrine-driven approach to federalism.
Date posted: August 14, 2002 ; Last revised: March 2, 2012