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OBAMA: 'I WILL NOT ACCEPT THE STATUS QUO'
For Pres. Barack Obama's make-or-break healthcare speech supporting the public option for uninsured Americans, Click Here>



 


WNC for Change Protests for Health Care Reform
Grassroots group opens health care office
*JUNE 27 PROTEST IN PRITCHARD PARK demanded that Obama, Congress support single-payer option | The group wants the U.S. Congress to pass an affordable public health care bill with a single-payer option that is available to all Americans. | The group opened a health care office at Mountain Java Coffeehouse in north Asheville at 870 Merrimon Ave. Hours: 2 - 8 p.m., Mon. - Sat., according to Paul Choi. He said that volunteers are needed. For details, visit wncforchange.com or Click Here>



American Health Choices Act posted on Politico.com
*POLITICO.COM POSTED THE ACTUAL HEALTHCARE PROPOSAL that is being floated around Congress | For the official bill, visit Politico.com or Click Here>

B
ill Maher critical of President Obama's lack of standing up for Americans right to healthcare now
*POLITICAL CRITIC BILL MAHER CRITICIZED OBAMA on Keith Olbermann "Countdown" broadcast on Mon., June 15, 2009 | Maher criticized Obama for "caving in to corporations and lobbyists." To view the HuffingtonPost.com news and video of Bill Mayer, Click Here>

'Medical care is a right, not a privilege'
*COLUMNIST GEOFF SCHUMACHER EXPLAINS WHY he believes health care is a right of the people | Writes Schumacher: "I believe medical care is something that all men, women and children should be entitled to receive. A civilized nation, I submit, provides medical care to everybody, not just those who can afford it." | For Geoff Schumacher's complete commentary that was posted June 12, 2009, on ReviewJournal.com, Click Here> 

Dean rejects healthcare co-op proposal by fellow Democrat
*HEALTHCARE CO-OPS DO NOT FIX THE PROBLEM, said Howard Dean on MSNBC | Co-ops are too small to compete with the big, private insurance companies, said Howard Dean. | For the complete report and video, visit ThinkProgress.com or Click Here> 

Major broadcast media does little to report Americans' demands for public health care, reports AfterDowningStreet.org
*'A SINGLE-PAYER PLAN that would provide government health insurance to everyone is off the media agenda'
| For the complete article, Click Here>

HR 676 pushes for healthcare reform
*A SINGLE-PAYER HEALTHCARE BILL NOW IN THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES is gaining support, reports Truthout.com
 | Congressman John Conyers's single-payer health care plan, HR 676, now has 80 Congress members supporting it. | For the complete article at truthout.com/061209R, Click Here>

President Obama not pushing universal health care enough, say many supporters
*ACROSS WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA AND THE NATION many Americans who elected Obama into office are deeply disappointed that he is not doing enough to push for universal healthcare reform | Express your views about whether you believe Obama is doing enough to forward single-payer, universal healthcare or the public option. Email your concerns and comments to WNCHealthcare.com: Click Here>

Sen. Kennedy proposal to require all to have healthcare
*BLOOMBERG REPORTS that Sen. Edward Kennedy's healthcare proposal would require all Americans to have insurance | For the complete news report at Bloomberg.com, Click Here>

AMA opposes universal healthcare and declares war on health care reform
*THE HEALTHCARE WAR has officially begun now that the conservative physicians guild of the American Medical Association has openly opposed healthcare reform | Writes Robert Reich: "Make no mistake: A public option large enough to have bargaining leverage to drive down drug prices and private-insurance premiums is the defining issue of universal health care. It's the only way to make health care affordable. It's the only way to prevent Medicare and Medicaid from eating up future federal budgets." | For Reich's complete commentary, visit truthout.org/061409A or Click Here>

'Right To Healthcare WNC' nonpartisan grassroots group forms to demand healthcare for all Americans
*ROSS STEARNS OF ARDEN HOSTED A GRASSROOTS EVENT ON JUNE 6, 2009, to organize a plan of action across Western North Carolina that promotes the basic principle that all citizens deserve the right to health care | Stearns, who is active in Organizing For America, a project of the Democratic National Committee, said that this newly formed group is nonpartisan. He and other members of the group said that all are welcomed to join Right To Healthcare WNC, and that it does not matter whether the members are Democrats, Republicans, Greens, Libertarians or Independents. For more details about the group and upcoming meeting dates and events, contact: Ross Stearns at rossallows (at) gmail.com or call 828-676-1121.

North Carolina has highest percentage of uninsured citizens in the nation, reports WashingtonPost.com
*HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN NC results in many North Carolinians losing their healthcare benefits, reports WashingtonPost.com
 | The health care crisis in NC is one of the worst in the nation. The article states that due to the high unemployment rate in NC, the state has the highest rate of uninsured in the nation | For full report first posted on April 20, 2009, Click Here>

AARP Applauds Obama's Commitment to Health Care Reform
*AARP SAYS IT'S TIME FOR CONGRESS to act now | Feb. 26, 2009 - “President Obama used his bully pulpit earlier this week at the Fiscal Responsibility Summit and in his speech to Congress to highlight the importance of health care reform,” said AARP CEO Bill Novelli. “We also saw key health reform champions, like Senators Max Baucus and Ted Kennedy ... discuss the urgency of action." | For the complete article, Click Here>



LAUREY MASTERTON: BIKING FOR OVARIAN CANCER AWARENESS

Masterton Rides for Early Cancer Detection
For the latest of Laurey Masterton's quest to bring awareness and support of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance and early detection with her cross-country bike ride and fundraiser, visit laureybikes.blogspot.com or Click Here> | For a previous DowntownAsheville.com article about why Masterton, owner of Laurey's Catering in Asheville, rode across the U.S. on her bike, Click Here> | For Laurey's "Glad to Be Alive" article, Click Here>


TIPS ON HOW TO QUIT SMOKING
WebMD.com presents an excellent online slideshow to give the smoker hope on how to stop. Click Here>

STUDY: BIG REGIONAL DIFFERENCES IN MEDICARE COSTS
An interactive map shows the differences of medicare costs per enrollee between North Carolina's regions -- as well as regions nationwide. Costs in WNC are below both the state and national averages. For more details, Click Here> 

MEDICARE LAUNCHES NURSING HOME COMPARISONS
Kudos to Medicare that researched and implemented one of the most useful government websites in U.S. history. County by county, in every state across nation, this website ranks every nursing home, which includes many with assisted care living. For this excellent five-star rating system that compares North Carolina nursing homes, Click Here>

THE BLUES: 75 YEARS AND COUNTING
This year, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina are celebrating its 75th anniversary. Today, one in three North Carolinians depend on the Blues for their coverage. For more news, Click Here> | A newly released commerative history book about the company, entitled "Crossing the Century, Committed to Care," was recently published. To read the first chapter, entitled "The Birth of the Blues in North Carolina,"  Click Here>

QUACKWATCH.COM GUARDS AGAINST FRAUD
Operated by Stephen Barrett, M.D., this website reports health fraud, quackery, as well as helps patients make intelligent decisions. It is closely affiliated with the National Council Against Health Fraud. A free newsletter, entitled "Consumer Health Digest" is available. To visit the website, Click Here>


HOSPITALS IN THE NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS
* ASHEVILLE: Mission Hospitals | Click Here>
* FLETCHER: ParkRidge Hospital | Click Here>
* HENDERSONVILLE: Pardee Hospital | Click Here>
* SPARTA: Alleghany Memorial Hospital | Click Here>

HEALTH INFORMATION RESOURCES
* North Carolina Public Health | Click Here>
* WebMD | Click Here>

COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH CENTERS
* Complete List by County | Click Here>
* Alleghany | Click Here>
* Ashe | Click Here>
* Avery | Click Here>
* Buncombe | Click Here>
* Burke | Click Here>
* Caldwell | Click Here>
* Cherokee | Click Here>
* Clay | Click Here>
* Graham | Click Here>
* Haywood | Click Here>
* Henderson | Click Here>
* Jackson | Click Here>
* Macon | Click Here>
* Madison | Click Here>
* McDowell | Click Here>
* Mitchell | Click Here>
* Polk | Click Here>
* Rutherford | Click Here>
* Swain | Click Here>
* Transylvania | Click Here>
* Watauga | Click Here>
* Wilkes | Click Here>
* Yancey | Click Here>


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