One critical tenet of UNC Health Care’s mission is ensuring that patients have access to excellent and affordable care. The Supreme Court’s action today will continue to help make that possible, as the almost one in five North Carolinians who do not have health care insurance will now have coverage. Evidence clearly shows that those [...]
Archive for the 'Health Reform' Category
I recently was interviewed by the People’s Pharmacy about the state of health care in our country. We discussed American medical myths and ways health care access and delivery could potentially be improved. You can listen to the interview here.
Raleigh, NC Yesterday evening, I spoke at the North Carolina Leadership Dinner as part of the 2011 Emerging Issues Forum, presented by the Institute for Emerging Issues at North Carolina State University. Each year, the Forum brings together leading thinkers and decision makers to foster bigger and better ideas for innovation and improvement of our [...]
President Obama’s upcoming State of the Union speech will be met with high expectations. Not only is this his first chance to address Congress since the November election, but it comes on the heels of eloquent remarks about the importance of civil public discourse following the Arizona shootings that drew praise from both sides of [...]
As I have said many times over the past couple of years — in blog postings, speeches and interviews — I am VERY much in favor of health reform. The inadequacies and inequities of the American health care system are obvious.
In the half-year since we had national legislation passed and signed we have seen lots more pulling and tugging on this issue.
Health care reform just took a dramatic and unexpected turn. Only a few weeks ago it seemed that the Congress was about to complete action on a fundamental overhaul of health care financing and delivery in America, and send this legislation to President Obama, so that he could sign and complete his top domestic policy [...]
There are two weeks left in 2009, and there will be lots of holiday interruptions so the huge efforts to get agreement on a formula for national health reform, and push it through the Congress will surely go over into the New Year. Each day seems to bring additional twists and turns to the tale [...]
Today the news is filled with stories about the passing of Senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts from an incurable brain tumor. During his almost fifty years in the Congress, Senator Kennedy has been a dominant leader in so many areas of our national life health and health care, education, civil rights, and on and on. [...]
Several people have asked me in the past few days for my perspective on what's happening to health reform in Washington.
For what it's worth, here goes
I had an engaging conversation about health reform yesterday with Frank Stasio, host of the program “The State of Things” on our local NPR station WUNC. You can hear the interview, “Prescription for Health Care,” on the Web. Mr. Stasio was well informed, and asked important questions ranging from how the wheels of reform move [...]