NC HEALTH REPORT: Former CIGNA Executive Wendell Potter Speaks Out

October 1, 2009
Editors: Adam Searing and Adam Linker



VIDEO: Former CIGNA executive Wendell Potter spoke at a crucial conversations lunch co-hosted by N.C. Policy Watch and the Health Access Coalition. You can see the presentation here.

Sen. Richard Burr's lie about Congressional health care legislation.


Dr. George Sheldon from UNC is testifying in front of Congress and appearing in the press making dubious claims about respected health research from Dartmouth. What's his agenda and shouldn't we expect more from our academics?

Speaking of Dartmouth research, The Dallas Morning News is running a great series using the data to examine health care spending in Texas.

After sponsoring health coverage at WUNC, Blue Cross is now operating as sole underwriter for health care programming on OPEN/net at the NC Agency for Public Telecommincations.

The State Health Plan is sending out letters to employees explaining that it is exempt from state and federal anti-discrimination laws.

Democratic senators who oppose the public option in the Finance Committee are from states with a combined population of 4.5 million. Democratic senators who support a public option in the Finance Committee are from states with a combined population of 78 million. This is a sobering lesson in representative government.

A few reactionary business groups are declaring health reform dead. Then why are they sending out daily press releases and action alerts to members?

Health Care for America Now! protests Blue Cross and buys a billboard critical of the company.

What Medicaid changes say about our values.

Kaiser says that undocumented immigrants are not heavy users of the emergency room.

The states' rights argument against health reform.

The New Yorker's Malcolm Gladwell on the moral hazard problem.

ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION RELEASES REPORT ON THE COST TO NORTH CAROLINA OF FAILING TO ENACT MEANINGFUL HEALTH REFORM. You can read the report here. In short, more people will be uninsured, fewer people will be offered insurance at work, and state spending for Medicaid and SCHIP will increase by more than 75 percent.

FAMILIES USA RELEASES REPORT DETAILING HOW HEALTH REFORM WILL BENEFIT NORTH CAROLINA. You can see that report here. This study details how women and those with preexisting conditions will pay less for coverage and how other groups, such as small business owners, will obtain easier access to affordable insurance.

STEP UP AND ACT FOR CHILDREN 2009. Action for Children NC and more than 30 co-sponsoring organizations are rallying on the Capitol grounds (Fayetteville street side) in Raleigh on Monday, October 5 at 11:15am to call for investments in children's health and early education. Go here for more information.

ATTEND THE 11TH ANNUAL DEFENDERS OF JUSTICE AWARDS CEREMONY. The reception and awards dinner are Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, 6pm-9pm at the American Tobacco Campus, Bay 7, Durham. You can purchase tickets on-line.

PHONEBANK FOR HEALTH REFORM: There are phonebanks running across the state starting tonight in support of health reform! See the Organizing for American website for more information or contact HAC organizer Hope Marasco at or 919-863-2405.

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