Thursday, November 18, 2010

The So How Was Your Day? Edition

Senator McConnell says he's counting on the courts to declare health reform unconstitutional -- since he knows there aren't the votes to repeal it in Congress. Really? Because I just got an email from a woman who lost her insurance, and I was able to get her on the new pre-existing condition insurance plan in Pennsylvania for $238 per month. You want to take that away? You sure about that?

The perfect antidote? Dr. Pauline Chen's next wonderful essay about the role of nurses in health care in the future. As doctors -- especially primary care providers -- become more scarce, we talk about physician's assistants and supporting doctors who choose primary care, but Dr. Chen suggests that we should also be talking about the critical role of nurses -- as well as ways to beef up nursing education to prepare them to take on an expanded role.

And as if the authors of this study were watching me this week, there are new findings that women with increased workplace stress risk heart disease.

Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop warns that AIDS is becoming the forgotten epidemic. Americans have become complacent, he says.

And on that note, I leave you for 12 hours, until 4:30 am tomorrow, when I will be right back here reporting on whatever else you need to know. Jennifer

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