In the News This Week…

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Poll: NC divided on federal health law, 2-28-11, WRAL-TV

WRAL aired a story about an Elon University poll which found NC voters divided over the federal health care reform law. Click here to view the poll results.

Senate passes bill protecting ER doctors, 3-3-11, The News & Observer

Staff writers Craig Jarvis, Lynn Bonner and Mary Cornatzer wrote about the Senate passage of an amended SB 33 – Medical Liability Reforms.

Emergency relief, 3-3-11, The News and Observer

Michael Utecht, MD, Immediate Past President of the NC College of Emergency Physicians, offered an emergency physician’s perspective on SB 33 in this letter to the editor.

Liability changes would lower health costs, 3-2-11, The News and Observer

NCMS general counsel Steve Keene explained how changes in the NC medical liability laws would lower the cost of health care in this letter to the editor.  

Editorials about SB 33 – Medical Liability Reforms

Editorials appeared in The News & Observer and Charlotte Observer this week, both opposing SB 33. (Ed. Note: both papers are owned by the McClatchy Group and are the largest circulation dailies in NC.)

 Patients first, 3-1-11, The News and Observer

Senate can do better on med malpractice, 3-2-11, Charlotte Observer

Trial Lawyers, 2-28-11, Talking About Politics (blog)

Well known conservative political consultant Carter Wrenn blog explains why he backs trial lawyers in the debate of SB 33.

Blue Cross denies ill intent on health reform, 3-2-11, The News & Observer

Staff writers Alan Wolf and Lynn Bonner examine claims by proponents of health care reform that Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina is seeking to undermine reform efforts.

Rallying cry to pass bill for legal midwives: Push!, 3-3-11, The News & Observer

Staff writer Leah Friedman covered a mid-week rally at the General Assembly, where supporters may seek legislation to establish Certified Professional Midwives in NC. The NCMS was given the opportunity to explain its opposition to non-nurse midwives.  (This issue was also covered in reports by WBTV, Charlotte and NBC 17, Raleigh.)


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