Friday, May 22, 2009

HCAN Event with National Campaign Manager

Heard an inspirational speech from Richard Kirsch of HCAN, Manel Silva of NPA, and a patient who fears her insurance company more than her cancer.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Why does PhRMA oppose the public plan?

The CEO of Lilly gave a speech today opposing the public health insurance option.  Now, a knee-jerk liberal like myself says "Yes, that's just big business quashing reform once again."

But when you stop and think about it, why are they so afraid?  A public plan would mean health insurance for 47 million more people.  That's an extra 60+ million doctor visits every year.  And you know that at least half of those visits would end with a prescription being written --- probably more like 3/4, if you're as loose with the scrip pad as I am.  

So a public plan should be a huge boon to PhRMA.  Why are they so afraid?

I have my thoughts, but I'm interested in what others think. 

Any Monty Python fans out there?

They say plagiarism is the sincerest form of flattery:

Gallows Humor

I'm so glad we can fight for what's right, but still have a sense of humor about it....

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Head to Head with AMA on WNYC

Hear Jonathan Arend go head to head on the radio with the AMA president-elect (fast-forward to minute 19:00).