Author Archives: Burton Jay Rubin

About Burton Jay Rubin

Burton Jay Rubin is an attorney and civic activist in Northern Virginia. For over 25 years he has served as a Member-Commissioner on the Fairfax County Water Authority, the public utility providing drinking water to over a million people throughout Northern Virginia. He served as Special Counsel to during its successful effort to require airlines to provide passengers with food, water and sanitary facilities and allow them to deplane after tarmac delays exceeding three hours. His writings have appeared in The Washington Post, Jefferson Policy Journal and elsewhere.

Is Your “Cadillac” Health Care Plan Really Just A Yugo In Disguise?

As the Affordable Care Act came into effect, many discussions took place as to whether certain health plans would be considered “Cadillac” plans, subjecting their sponsors to an excise tax because of too generous benefits. However, due to “subrogation” provisions, … Continue reading

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Save Virginia’s Collateral Source Rule

You’re driving south on Interstate 95 when you are suddenly rear-ended by a drunk driver. Your hospital bills will be high, your new car is totaled and it will be many months before you can return to work.  But when … Continue reading

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First, Let’s Try Equal Employment Rights

Body cameras and independent prosecutors for police misconduct, are both good ideas, but not the place to start in addressing our current National policing crisis. We will never succeed in avoiding another Ferguson, Staten Island, or Cleveland, until we all … Continue reading

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Chairman Mao and the Charleston, WV Chemical Spill

The catastrophic chemical spill that put 300,000 people in West Virginia out of public water for ten days inevitably raises questions about the safety and security of water systems nationwide. On Thursday, January 9, 2014 some 5,000 gallons of an … Continue reading

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Obamacare’s Other Shoe Drops, And How To Catch It

President Obama’s pledge, to the effect, “if you like your health plan, you can keep it,” oft repeated in the run-up to passage of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), has already been condemned as false by no less an authority … Continue reading

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