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Race and the Health of America

August 30, 2014 Leave a comment

Jon Stewart on Race

This doesn’t have much to do about health law, but it does have to do with the long-term health of America.

I like to think that I am a caring and tolerant human being. I am also a White Anglo Saxon Protestant male. I have no ethnic background worthy of opinion one way or the other. I am plain white toast with margarine. I cannot comprehend what it is to live a life filled with fear and danger when simply going about activities of normal daily living. That is inexcusable in America, and it only can change by our being constantly reminded that the problem of prejudice is real and is affecting real people.

Racism is a virus.  Our health as a nation requires that virus to be obliterated.  The obliteration only happens when we as a nation refuse to tolerate racism — it does not matter how the racism shows itself.  Racial oriented jokes are more insidious sometimes than overt racist behavior.  People of good character must be willing to say enough is enough.  No more excuses and explanations about whether the person who was abused because of his race is somehow responsible the abuse.

It’s time for America to get healthy.

Welcome to Joseph Rugg’s Health Law Blog

October 9, 2010 Leave a comment

The changes occurring and expected in the country’s and in Florida’s healthcare laws are historic and will have long term effects on healthcare providers and the delivery of healthcare services.  All healthcare providers need to aware of these laws and regulations and understand how they are changing.

This blog will provide readers with information, insights, and updates on what is happening in the area of health law, not just with the areas of health law reform, but also with the day-to-day legal issues that affect healthcare providers.

I am an attorney in the Healthcare Practice Group of Akerman Senterfitt.  I am resident in the firm’s Tampa, Florida office.  You can learn more about the firm at

I have been a lawyer since 1981, and I have more than 25 years of experience in representing healthcare providers, licensed professionals, and business clients in their transactional, tax, corporate and organizational, and regulatory matters.  I have extensive experience in representing physicians and physician groups, including hospital medical staffs and independent practice associations, diagnostic imaging centers, and ambulatory surgery centers.  I have assisted healthcare providers and other clients in acquiring, selling, merging, and separating their businesses.  I understand and integrate the various legal, regulatory, tax, securities, and business issues that impact transactions in the area of healthcare. Having previously served as in-house counsel for small healthcare providers, I am sensitive to the practical issues that arise in healthcare businesses.   I have been recognized by Chambers USA and The Best Lawyers in America as one of the leading healthcare lawyers in Florida.

I look forward to hearing your questions and comments on the issues of health law that are discussed here.

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