VP Biden in Chicago talking health care

Vice 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

The 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

The 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

For 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

I 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 – …

Tackling Misconceptions About Health Care Reform, One Myth at a Time

Photo by John Moore/Getty ImagesAARP Bulletin has an important piece up today about the health care reform debate, and how so many Americans just don’t know who to believe anymore. The piece looks at the information (and misinformation) in depth to give folks a better idea of what’s going on, and where the real threat lies. They also give other useful resources by nonpartisan organizations with more fact-checkers about info on different proposals:- The Kaiser Family Foundation’s side-by-side comparisons of …