Wednesday Reads

How to Control Rising Health Care Costs” -- New York Times, The Editors (November 10, 2009)

Moderates Go Their Own Way on Health Care” -- Roll Call, by David M. Drucker (November 10, 2009)

Tuesday Reads

LETTER TO EDITOR: Preventive myth-busting” -- Washington Times, by Kenneth Thorpe (November 8, 2009)

Senate Races the Clock” -- Roll Call, by Emily Pierce (November 10, 2009)

Why preventive care is critical” -- Washington Post, by Pamela A.

Monday Reads

In Final Hours, an Intense Push for 'Yes' Votes” -- Wall Street Journal, by Jonathan Weisman and Naftali Bendavid (November 9, 2009)

Senators Prepare for Health Reform Battle” -- Roll Call, by David M.

Thursday Reads

House expected to vote on health bill Saturday” -- Washington Post, by Lori Montgomery (November 5, 2009)

Harkin Stresses Prevention in Health Care Bill” -- Congressional Quarterly, by Jane Norman (November 4, 2009)

Evidence Ignored, Prevention Misunderstood

On Nov. 3, the Washington Times published the editorial, “The myth of preventive care,” which suggests prevention is being over promised in the political rhetoric surrounding health reform.

Once again we’re throwing the baby out with the bath water—saying that prevention never saves money is simply inaccurate.

I’m not saying prevention is a cure-all—it is most effective paired with payment and delivery system reforms.

Wednesday Reads

Health bills too timid on cutting costs, experts say” -- Washington Post, by Ceci Connolly (November 4, 2009)

Tuesday Reads

Road Map: Democrats Continue Hunt for Votes on Health Care” -- Roll Call, by David M. Drucker and Tory Newmyer (November 3, 2009)

House GOP set to release healthcare bill” -- The Hill, by Molly K. Cooper (November 2, 2009)

Friday Reads

House Democrats pull together on health care” -- Washington Post, by Shailagh Murray and Lori Montgomery (October 30, 2009)

The Defining Moment” -- New York Times, by Paul Krugman (October 29, 2009)

Thursday Reads

House to Unveil Health Plan With Public Option, Millionaire Tax” --  Bloomberg (October 29, 2009)

IBM to Drop Co-Pay for Primary-Care Visits” --  Wall Street Journal, by William M. Bulkeley (October 29, 2009)

Obesity – Worse than Cancer?

In an interview with CBS News last weekend, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius called obesity data “alarming.”  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one-third of American adults are overweight, and another third are obese.  Sebelius says the epidemic impacts our costs, quality of life, and economic productivity.  She asserts, “we are really putting ourselves at a huge disadvantage in a global economy by having a nation that is vastly overweight."


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