NC HEALTH REPORT: 65% of NC Small Businesses Support Choice of Public and Private Option Health Plans

September 17, 2009
Editors: Adam Searing and Adam Linker


VIDEO: A key part of President Obama's speech on health reform - why we can't sit around and do nothing.


NC State employees (like my dad - 42 years and counting teaching and inspiring at UNC-CH) are now subject to "random" mouth swabs and height and weight testing at work. The idea is to catch those people who might be smokers or too chubby. Adam Linker expresses his disbelief.

Senator Hagan's reaction today to the Baucus health care bill.

Chris has a great column this week on some pesky health care numbers.

And another on small business and physician support for health care reform - including a public option health plan.

Health premiums have more than doubled in the last decade - new Kaiser report and great chart. Time for reform now.

See a preview of Wendell Potter testifying. Potter is coming to the NC Policy Watch Crucial Conversation lunch on Sept. 29 - register and come.

Congressional Republicans skeptical of their own tort reform ideas.

Rachel Maddow features some of our own friendly NC Billionaires for Wealthcare.

Poll - overwhelming physician support for a public option health plan in reform.

Governor Perdue announces state/federal pilot program to expand health insurance to working parents in NC.

The need to fix health reform bills so nonprofits don't get left out of the ability to buy affordable health coverage.

Which NC members of Congress voted to privatize Medicare?

Congressman Patrick McHenry actually stomps on health care bill in Morganton.

"Lord" Boustany and his rebuttal to the President's speech on health care. Senator Kennedy's letter to President Obama.

POLL - 65% OF NC SMALL BUSINESSES SUPPORT HEALTH REFORM WITH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE OPTION HEALTH PLANS: A recently-released poll by the national small business advocacy group Small Business Majority reveals the surprising truth about small business in NC - they support current health reform ideas. They like the idea of having a choice between public and private optional health plans. They like the idea of banning insurance companies from charging people or businesses more because of pre-existing health conditions. In short, they like the idea of responsible, middle of the road reform.

This really shouldn't be a surprise. We've been talking and hearing from small businesspeople who say exactly the same thing. Here are just a few.

THIS MONDAY - HEALTH ACCESS COALITION QUARTERLY MEETING - RALEIGH: Monday Sept. 21; 10am-12pm, Location: AARP-NC office. Note: We will have capability to call into this meeting for members outside of the Raleigh area. Please contact HAC Assistant Director Nicole Dozier at to RSVP and to get phone information to call in. 919-856-2146.


Wendell Potter is one of the nation's most prominent spokespersons for national health care reform. He is a Senior Fellow on Health Care at the national nonprofit advocacy group, the Center for Media and Democracy. After a 20-year career as a corporate public relations executive, last year he left his job as head of communications for one of the nation's largest health insurers to try his hand at helping socially responsible organizations - including those advocating for meaningful health care reform - achieve their goals.  On Tuesday September 29, 2009, Potter will be the keynote speaker at a special NC Policy Watch Crucial Conversation luncheon:

An insider's view: Why our broken health care system is in desperate need of reform

Click here to register for this event

Co-sponsored by the N.C. Health Access Coalition

Special Note: This event was originally scheduled for September 22nd but had to be postponed due to a scheduling conflict; our guest Wendell Potter will be speaking at a national health care day of action in Philadelphia on the 22nd. If you registered to attend the Crucial Conversation luncheon on the original date, you do not need to re-register.

When: Tuesday September 29, 2009 (registration @ 11:30 am, presentation begins at 12 noon and concludes by 1:30 pm)

Where: Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett Street, Raleigh NC 27601

Cost: $10 (includes a box lunch) Pre-registration required

NC'S BARLOW HERGET: He's now bringing his commentaries to Federal News Radio in Washington (DC, not near Greenville), and he's talking about health care reform. Check him out.

CHAPEL HILL HEALTH CARE REFORM MEETING: Sept. 30th, 7pm, Chapel Hill Town Hall building. For more information, please contact Miriam Thompson at or (917) 825-0884.

RALLY AT BLUE CROSS: "Ensure Your Health Is Insured!"
Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 12:00 PM
Blue Cross Blue Shield Corporate Headquarters
5901 Chapel Hill Road
Durham, NC 27510
Contact Lynice Williams, NC HCAN for more information -


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