NC HEALTH REPORT: Reform law politics, stepping up for children


October 8, 2010

By Adam Searing and Adam Linker

NEW VIDEO: Our new (and short) interview with noted health policy expert Dr. Jonathan Oberlander. In this segment he relates some reasons the law is having trouble politically and suggests some solutions. And don’t forget our video about a woman who is benefiting from the NC federal high risk insurance poll. HAC traveled to Wilkesboro, NC and talked to Robin Eastridge.

RADIO: Yesterday Adam Searing and Jeff Shaw sat down for an hour with conservative talk show host Bill Lumaye on his drivetime WPTF 680 show to debate the new health care law. Bill’s spirited back and forth with the Searing-Shaw tag team made for an entertaining discussion.

RADIO: Chris Fitzsimon and Adam Searing talk about the latest benefits in the new health care reform law.


Why you should care about how the federal health reform law gets implemented in NC.

Congressional candidate Renee Ellmers is just fine with health insurers charging people more or denying coverage because of pre-existing medical conditions.

Childhood obesity and cheap Mountain Dew.

Alex O’Connor reports on her meeting with Senator Kay Hagan.

Adam Linker finds that you can drink beer, eat fried chicken and cure cancer.

Why are some health reporters less critical than press releases?

Repeal health care law? Come up with $143 billion!

GREAT VIDEO SUMMARY OF THE HEALTH REFORM LAW: The Kaiser Family Foundation has a short animated video that explains the basics of the entire health reform law in just nine minutes. It’s worth a look.

STEP UP FOR CHILDREN THIS SUNDAY IN RALEIGH: Our friends at Action for Children are holding a children’s rally this Sunday afternoon on the old state capitol grounds in Raleigh. Everyone is welcome, free t-shirts and snacks!

HEALTH CARE REFORM SUMMIT – DURHAM: On Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 5 - 7pm at Durham Regional Hospital's Auditorium. Click here to see the detailed agenda. To register: visit or call 919-403-4DRH (4374) This summit provides an opportunity for anyone in the Durham community to learn more about how the new healthcare reform will personally impact them. NC IOM’s Pam Silberman will provide an overview of the new law and Adam Linker will be speaking about reform as well.

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