Still wondering about Scott Brown and health reform

His opposition to the Senate plan was a big factor, possibly a turning point, in his win. Sunday’s NY Times Magazine profile of Sen.Scott Brown gives pretty much zero insight into what our new senator plans to do about health reform.  The story does suggest he didn’t explain his plans very clearly in the campaign. ….If … Continue reading Still wondering about Scott Brown and health reform

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Health care summit streaming live

Health care summit streaming live via the excellent Association of Health Care Journalists.  Or from The White House.  (11:45 Both appear to be down and the moment.) For live blogging: a view from the right at the Cato Institute and a view from the left at the Daily Kos. Also, it is worth noting that health … Continue reading Health care summit streaming live

Cancer Cocktail Crusader Comes to MGH

A  bit overstated but here is the NY Times story about Dr. Keith Flaherty of University of Pennsylvania. He’s trying to do good medicine and targeted therapy within the corporate culture of drug studies. The story reports that, starting next month, Flaherty will oversee targeted therapy development across all cancer types at Massachusetts General Hospital. … Continue reading Cancer Cocktail Crusader Comes to MGH

On Point:Reliable Sources on Health Reform

WBUR's On Point offers an hour on Obama's latest -- or last? -- push for health reform. BHN's ears turns up the volume when NPR's Julie Rovner is a guest. She's been covering health reform in Washington for many years. Rovner reliably offers the background and clarity that many people need to understand this complex issue. Tune in now, or at 7  … Continue reading On Point:Reliable Sources on Health Reform

Patient Deaths, Doctor Shortages and Reform in Maine

Also, Obama's proposal is up. More coverage here. The Globe had a good story Sunday on a fatal device breakdown at Mass General  Looking at the second paragraph, it appears this story was heavily lawyered, as we say in the news biz --- edited with liability in mind. It lists everything that MGH has done … Continue reading Patient Deaths, Doctor Shortages and Reform in Maine

Why Mass Voters Rejected Senate Health Bill

You might be surprised. According to a poll by Move On, quite a few of them didn’t think it went far enough – even among those who voted for Brown. After the Massachusetts special election, MoveOn and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee commissioned a poll of Massachusetts voters who backed President Barack Obama in 2008 … Continue reading Why Mass Voters Rejected Senate Health Bill

For my UA-Huntsville biologist friend

 He survived Friday's shooting  because he was at the far end of the room. But, he had to live through it.  (We were undergrads at BU.) Gun control opponents say guns don’t kill people. But research shows that easy access to guns leads people to use them to shoot other people. For years, gun violence has … Continue reading For my UA-Huntsville biologist friend