Legal scholar and health policy expert Jill Horwitz is a professor at the UCLA School of Law whose work addresses issues including the Affordable Care Act, Medicare, and the impact of hospital ownership on the delivery of medical services. Previously, she was a professor of law and co-director of the Law and Economics Program at the University of Michigan. Before participating in the Zócalo/UCLA panel “Can Anything Stop America’s Opioid Addiction?”, she confessed to a love of pork tacos and political websites in the Zócalo green room.
Q: What was the last thing that made you laugh?
A: My dog when I came home tonight.
Q: As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: An international diplomat.
Q: What do you think is the biggest difference between practicing law and medicine?
A: We’re all about words. And you never have to touch anybody as a lawyer.
Q: What’s your favorite taco filling?
A: Pork. Should I say that?
Q: Are you Jewish?
Q: What do you wake up to?
A: I try to wake up to NPR, but I never get good reception, so I wake up to fuzzy NPR.
Q: If you could be any animal, which would you choose?
A: A dolphin because I love the water.
Q: What book have you re-read most?
A: When I was little I re-read Little Women over and over again.
Q: What is L.A.’s biggest advantage over Ann Arbor besides weather?
A: The food.
Q: How do you procrastinate?
A: Lately it’s the refresh button on every political website.
*Photo by Aaron Salcido.