January 15, 2010
Editors: Adam Searing and Adam Linker
HEALTH ACCESS COALITION TV: Our Channel
VIDEO: Why we need a health reform bill: HAC member Leslie Boyd's story.
VIDEO: Longtime health care advocate NC State Senator Bill Purcell appears on PBS's Antiques Roadshow to talk about something very different - a family sword and some great stories.
AT THE PROGRESSIVE PULSE:
Some of the immediate effects of the health reform bills in Congress.
Newt Gingrich and his cloudy crystal ball.
Adam Linker explains yet again why the media should be skeptical of claims about new (and almost always wonderful) health treatments that only present anecdotal evidence for their success.
A heart drug that doesn't actually work (and the company admits it) but is being heavily advertised anyway.
Dr. Nortin Hadler has a great essay pointing out the limitations of comparative effectiveness research - actually acting on the data that show which treatments are effective is much, much harder than one might think.
The best summaries of the current health care reform bills - including the effect on specific groups like children.
750 leaders issue letter - affordability critical in health reform.
North Carolina wins - big time - under health reform as compared to most other states in the nation.
ACTION FOR CHILDREN: DEMS WHO VOTED AGAINST HEALTH REFORM IN NC LIVE IN DISTRICITS THAT WOULD BENEFIT MOST: Yes, as Action for Children points out in this news release, this is one of the great ironies of health reform. Democrats Shuler, McIntyre and Kissell live in the very districts in NC where huge numbers of people will be able to finally get health insurance thanks to the reform bills. When reform is a success remember this. I'll bet these Reps are more than willing to claim credit for reform in a couple years despite their votes last month.
NEXT HAC MEETING IN WILMINGTON JANUARY 25. 6-8pm, Location TBA. Contact Nicole Dozier (firstname.lastname@example.org 919-856-2146) for more information.