Professor: Detroit’s plan for slashing part of the $5.7B it owes in retiree health costs will be an experiment in social structure and health economics

Professor John Thomas

Professor John Thomas

John Thomas, a health law professor at the Quinnipiac University School of Law, is available to discuss Detroit’s controversial plan for slashing part of the $5.7 billion it owes in retiree health costs.

“Detroit’s hope of saving costs by relying on the Affordable Care Act presents both a possible path to community economic salvation and a significant challenge to the Act and the Obama Administration,” Thomas said. “It will be an experiment in social structure and health economics.”

A Quinnipiac University School of Law faculty member since 1988, Thomas teaches law and medicine, advanced law and medicine, civil procedure and commercial law. Before teaching at Quinnipiac, he was a litigator for seven years at Miller, Pitt and McAnally in Arizona and Wiggin and Dana in Connecticut. His research interests include health policy, politics, juvenile justice and mental health treatment. His recent publications include “Play It Again, Hillary: A Dramaturgical Examination of a Repeat Health Care Plan Performance,” and “Is It Safe to Talk Yet? The Evolution of Electronic Privacy Law.”

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