Executive Vice President
Executive Vice President
Christina Sandefur is Executive Vice President at the Goldwater Institute. She also develops policies and litigates cases advancing healthcare freedom, free enterprise, private property rights, free speech, and taxpayer rights. Christina has won important victories for property rights in Arizona and works nationally to promote the Institute’s Private Property Rights Protection Act, a state-level reform that requires government to pay owners when regulations destroy property rights and reduce property values. She is also a co-drafter of the 41-state Right to Try initiative, now federal law, which protects terminally ill patients’ right to try safe investigational treatments that have been prescribed by their physician but are not yet FDA approved for market. Christina is the co-author of the book Cornerstone of Liberty: Private Property Rights in 21st Century America (2016). She is a frequent guest on national television and radio programs, has provided expert legal testimony to various legislative committees, and is a frequent speaker at conferences. She is the recipient of the 2018 Buckley Award in recognition of her leadership in the freedom movement, and she is an Advisory Board Member of the Network of enlightened Women. Christina is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Law and Hillsdale College.
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Explainer Episode 41 – Government Obstacles to Over The Counter Medicines
In this podcast, health policy experts discuss the role that the federal government plays in requiring prescriptions for medicines.Listen to this podcast
Deep Dive Episode 225 – State Constitutions and Individual Liberty: State or Federal Government as Primary Custodian of Individual Rights?
An expert panel joined us to debate the different purposes and rights guarantees within state constitutions and the federal constitution.Listen to this podcast
State Constitutions and Individual Liberty: State or Federal Government as Primary Custodian of Individual Rights?
An expert panel joined us to debate the different purposes and rights guarantees within state constitutions and the federal constitution.Watch this video
Explainer Episode 30 – An Update on Telemedicine Laws and Regulations
Experts explore the rationales behind telemedicine regulations and examine how reforms and lawsuits might transform how patients receive care.Listen to this podcast
Deep Dive Episode 136 – It Can Be Done Live: The Future of Our Health
An expert panel explores the potential of human ingenuity to solve the problems facing our health and the conditions necessary to make those solutions a reality.Listen to this podcast
It Can Be Done Live: The Future of Our Health
The creators of the award-winning documentary, They Say It Can’t Be Done, in partnership with the Federalist Society’s Regulatory Transparency Project, present It Can Be Done Live – a conversation between entrepreneurs, regulatory experts, and noted academics around creative and bipartisan solutions to global challenges to our shared future. The second of four panel events, It Can Be Done Live: The Future of Our Health, took place on September 17th, 2020.Watch this video
Do Certificate of Need Laws Help Control Healthcare Costs?
Certificate of need laws are state regulations designed to control medical costs. New medical facilities must be assessed and approved by a state board which determines whether such a facility is needed by the community.
Christina Sandefur of the Goldwater Institute explores whether such laws have successfully controlled costs or if they have hindered the competition required to balance healthcare prices.Watch this video
Deep Dive Episode 97 – Certificate of Need Laws and Healthcare Access
The Modern World of Home-Sharing
Since our country’s founding, Americans have allowed guests to stay in their homes for short periods of time, often in exchange for doing chores or paying for dinner. Today, technology allows people to do this in ever more efficient ways—to allow guests to rent a room or a house for a week or a night at time.Read this article
Deep Dive Episode 17 – Off-Label Promotion and Free Speech in Medicine
In this episode of Fourth Branch, Christina Sandefur (Goldwater Institute) discusses the First Amendment implications of regulating off-label promotion of medicines and medical devices by companies.Listen to this podcast
Should You Need a License to Massage a Horse?
In 2012, Celeste Kelly received a cease-and-desist letter from the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board for engaging in horse massage therapy without being a licensed veterinarian. Hear Celeste’s story and learn more about occupational licensure in this Fourth Branch video.Watch this video