August, 2009Archive

In Celebration Of Candy(land)

Posted on 08/20/2009 by |General News | Comments

Entertainment(Ted Weinstein/SFist) While we were all talking about health care reform, Hasbro’s Candyland turned 60. Now I know health care reform is important, but everyone needs a break sometimes. In honor of the momentous event, San Francisco’s famous, curvy Lombard Street was turned into a twisting, turning rainbow of fun. You can check out more photos of the event here and a great video of the event here from Associated Press (also some history on the game in the video).

VP Biden in Chicago talking health care

Posted on 08/20/2009 by |General News | Comments

Personal HealthVice President Joe Biden was in Chicago today talking health care and his administration’s plan to give $1.2 billion dollars to help computerize medical records. “Electronic medical record systems really save lives,” Geriatrician June McKoy said. Biden added, “We’re trying to modernize. . . This is not about government control, or ‘socialized medicine.’ It’s simple: Modernize.” Check out the whole piece here.

The Gang of 6 Will Talk Tomorrow at 9

Posted on 08/19/2009 by |General News | Comments

Personal HealthThe New York Times reports: “The Gang of Six — the three Democrats and three Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee who are writing a health care bill — have set their first formal August recess teleconference for 9 p.m. on Thursday. ‘Bipartisan progress continues,’ Senator Max Baucus, the Montana Democrat and chairman of the committee, said in a statement.” Sen. Baucus added, “Our group will be meeting tomorrow, and our staffs continue to meet as well. I am confident …

Health Care Reform Online Chat

Posted on 08/19/2009 by |General News | Comments

Personal HealthThe Washington Post hosts regular online chats about the news of the day…and today AARP’s Legislative Policy Director David Certner will be discussing health care reform and fielding questions from listeners. You can submit questions and comments before the session which happens today Wednesday, Aug. 19th, at Noon ET. Tune in, learn more and have your questions answered!

A Message from A. Barry Rand, AARP CEO

Posted on 08/18/2009 by |General News | Comments

Personal HealthFor over fifty years, AARP’s mission has been educating and engaging in the issues most important to you, our members. With over 40 million members we understand the importance of debate. Even when some members don’t agree with our advocacy positions, it is critical that we make sure those differences of opinion are based on facts, not myths designed to derail a long overdue effort to fix what’s wrong in our health care system. Doing nothing is not an option. …

Two Great Summaries of the Health Debate – Must Reads

Posted on 08/17/2009 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeI saw these two articles promoted on the “Moderate Voice” and thought I’d share them. Both give great overviews of the state of the health reform debate. I’d highly recommend them for people looking for some easy primers on what is at stake and some factual information – rather than emails filled with myths and untruths. Both articles ratchet down the rhetoric and give some solid summations of the legislation and controversial pieces of the debate. Wall Street Journal – …