Wow. For a week in mid-March, more than half of the week's links in the blogosphere were about health reform, according to the New Media Index from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism. And that was well before this week's historic vote.
Here's an excerpt from the Pew report:
Nathanael Johnson, a Bay Area radio reporter and freelance writer, has made a nice career examining the many ways Americans go overboard – from the food that we eat to the health treatments that we seek. He has written about the Orwellian world of pork farming and the radical raw milk movement for Harper's magazine.
Starting next year, you may see reminders of the health care reform bill every time you walk into a chain restaurant or visit a vending machine.
That's because the bill requires restaurants to post caloric information on their menus and drive-thru signs, The New York Times reports. Food sold through vending machines also will face the same requirement.
Here's an excerpt from The Times story:
We all saw this coming.
Even before Congress passed the Democratic health reform legislation earlier this week, Republicans were pledging to sue and block it in court.
Minutes after President Obama signed the bill into law, officials from 14 states filed lawsuits challenging the reforms.
Psychiatrist Frank Joseph Ilardi knows something about compartmentalization.
If you've been avidly following the health care debate on C-Span—or basketball, if March Madness is your preference—you have probably gobbled or guzzled down some salty snacks or sugary drinks.
The passage of the health care reform bill has not mitigated the meaningless, hyperbolic assertions coming from those who oppose it. John Boehner practically called for an overthrow of the government. Reporting on the bill has been long on polling numbers and budgetary concerns, and short on any of the substance that makes this bill important. Asking vaccuous questions such as, "Have you even read the bill?" or "Why aren't you listening to America?" are worse than useless. Questions that need asking (and should have been asked before last night) include:
If you're working on health reform follow-up stories after last night's historic vote, here are some seriously useful cheat sheets:
Some physicians cater to the immigrant community out of public service or cultural affinity. Others, like Dr. Harrell Robinson, end up there because they ruined their own reputations with English-speaking patients.
The Southern California cosmetic surgeon shared an Anaheim office with Dr. Andrew Rutland, the doctor who is now accused in the death of Chinese immigrant Ying Chen.
I recently produced a web-only interactive story about a San Francisco-based artist's quest for a kidney donor for KQED Public Radio's Health Dialogues.
Well, here we go! In a historic 219-212 vote late Sunday night, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $914 billion health reform package extending health coverage to as many as 32 million Americans
Andre Blackman's conception of public health casts a huge net. He thinks about environments and neighborhoods, data and medicine. He laments the fast food restaurants that fill the spaces of low-income communities, and the parks and fresh produce that do not. "It's a cycle," he says, and one that makes it hard to achieve good health.
You have it all planned out ahead of what may be this weekend's crucial vote on health reform, right?
You carefully lined up your uninsured folks, community health advocates, Congressional delegates, doctors, local tea party members and hospital executives: all are on speed dial and waiting for your call over the weekend. Right?
Well, kudos to those of you who had time to prepare. If you didn't, here are some last-minute resources and ideas that may help you out this weekend:
Even a doctor with dead patients in his past can find startup capital.
When Dr. Andrew Rutland was trying to set up shop in the old "Modern Woman's Clinic" building in Chula Vista, he tapped a friend for a loan: Dr. W. Constantine Mitchell.
According to records from the California Office of Administrative Hearings, where Rutland's case before the medical board is currently being heard, Mitchell loaned Rutland $50,000 to help him start his practice.
If you're married, could you live under the same roof with your mother-in-law?
If you're a parent, could you stand it if your child moved back home after college and showed absolutely no interest in getting a job or their own place?
If you are a senior citizen, could you stand living with your rebellious teenage grandchildren?
Apparently, more and more families are becoming multi-generational households, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.