California Healthline Rounds Up Presidential Election News, Features
Several newspapers recently published stories about health care and the presidential election. The articles are summarized below.
Cleveland Plain Dealer: Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry (Mass.), on Tuesday met with uninsured Ohio residents and "a mixture of area ethnic groups" to discuss her husband's plan to address "the health care crisis," the Plain Dealer reports (Flournoy, Cleveland Plain Dealer, 10/27).
Investor's Business Daily: Investor's Business Daily on Thursday examined Bush and Kerry's stances on health care, an issue the paper says offers voters "the clearest contrast" between the two candidates (Higgins, Investor's Business Daily, 10/28).
Long Island Newsday: While the candidates' health care plans "reflect their core ideologies," some critics say that "neither candidate has put forth a comprehensive reform plan to address the root problem in U.S. health care: steep health costs" because of higher demand for "expensive new medical technologies" (Rabin, Long Island Newsday, 10/28).
- St. Paul Pioneer Press: Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) at an "anti-Kerry news conference" on Wednesday "parted ways" with a health care adviser, former U.S. Sen. Dave Durenberger (R), after Durenberger, who chaired the governor's Citizens Forum on Health Care Costs, wrote an opinion piece that stated Kerry's health care plan is "far superior" to Bush's plan, the Pioneer Press reports (Ragsdale, St. Paul Pioneer Press, 10/28).
WBUR's "The Connection" on Thursday in the fourth part of a five-part series on issues in the presidential election called "The People's Choice" will include a discussion of the health care plans proposed by the candidates. Guests on the program are scheduled to include Stuart Altman, professor of health policy at the Heller School at Brandeis University and an health care adviser to both Republican and Democratic presidents over past 35 years; Sheila Moran, executive director for Mobile Health Outreach in Charlotte, N.C.; and Sheila Wessenberg, an uninsured cancer patient from Dallas (Gordon, "The Connection," WBUR, 10/28). The complete segment will be available online in RealPlayer after the broadcast.This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.