Here’s another health care and politics update …
First up, we’ve mentioned before, but it is seriously so good it deserves to be spotlighted again — especially now that it includes a new that allows users to compare Sen. John McCain’s and Sen. Barack Obama’s “proposals and positions on a range of health care issues not necessarily addressed in the candidates’ health care reform proposals.”
The comparisons — based on information compiled from the candidates’ websites, speeches and campaign debates — cover 15 issues you’re not hearing much about in this campaign, including biomedical research, racial and ethnic disparities, HIV/AIDS/Global Health and women’s health.
Health08.org, created by the , is one of the most comprehensive resources you’ll find. Visitors can also view a of the candidates’ health care proposals and subscribe to the latest on health care.
In other news, today’s “Morning Edition” looked at the of Obama’s health plan and contrasted it with . Lots of criticism to go around.
And here’s a PBS television alert that was passed along to us. It looks like an interesting documentary and discussion —
The “” will host a Commonwealth Fund-supported show, “Rx for Change,” following the premiere of “,” a new documentary that tells the stories of people without health insurance who found themselves losing jobs, their health, their homes, their savings, and even their lives. “Critical Condition” will premiere on PBS stations Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 9 p.m.
To inform viewers about the presidential candidates’ plans to broaden health insurance coverage, the “NewsHour” program will feature a discussion moderated by by Susan Dentzer, editor of the journal Health Affairs and former “NewsHour” health correspondent. The discussion features Neera Tanden, domestic policy director for Senator Barack Obama’s campaign, and Douglas Holtz-Eakin, senior policy advisor to Senator John McCain, as well Uwe Reinhardt of Princeton University and Stuart Butler of the Heritage Foundation.
Check your for additional showings of “Critical Condition.” Related Commonwealth Fund reports include: “: How the Loss of Adequate Health Insurance is Burdening Working Families”; and “ Trends Among U.S. Adults, 2003 and 2007.”