Thursday, September 3, 2009

The brutal truth about America’s healthcare


The LA Forum in Inglewood, California, hosted dental and medical examinations, for thousands of people thanks to the charity Remote Area Medical.

An extraordinary report from Guy Adams in Los Angeles at the music arena that has been turned into a makeshift medical centre
Saturday, 15 August 2009

They came in their thousands, queuing through the night to secure one of the coveted wristbands offering entry into a strange parallel universe where medical care is a free and basic right and not an expensive luxury. Some of these Americans had walked miles simply to have their blood pressure checked, some had slept in their cars in the hope of getting an eye-test or a mammogram, others had brought their children for immunisations that could end up saving their life. Read Article

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

"Health Care Reform: A Great American Debate" - webcast

A live webcast of "Health Care Reform: A Great American Debate" will be shown in the Monroe County Public Library auditorium on Friday September 11th from 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM. This debate is being webcast live from the IUPUI Campus in Indianapolis where it is a special event for IU School of Medicine students. The local webcast has been arranged by the Bloomington-Monroe County League of Women Voters.
From the IU School of Medicine announcement:
“Join experts and national leaders for a thought provoking look at the current state of health care reform in the United States. …… Proposals under active discussions include incremental changes to our existing employer-based, health insurance model to plans involving the "public option" as well as the "single payer" or "Medicare for All" reforms.
Speakers and national guests include:
• Oliver Fein, MD, President, Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP); and Clinical Professor of Clinical Public Health at Cornell University
• Sam Nussbaum, MD, Executive Vice President of Clinical Health Policy and Chief Medical Officer, WellPoint,Inc.
• Judy Monroe, MD, Commissioner, Indiana State Department of Health
• Eric Wright, PhD, Associate Dean, IUPUI School of Public and Environmental Affairs
• Eric Meslin, PhD, Director of the Center on Bioethics, Indiana University
• Aaron Carroll, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, IUSM”

If you can’t make it to the MCPL Auditorium you can register for a live webstream that is open to the general public. To register, go to and click on "Events." Select this program and follow the prompts.
We hope you will take this opportunity to hear and see knowledgeable people discuss healthcare reform.
Dave Parsons
Local Health Care Reform Advocate