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  1. Paul Mahoney

    July 16, 2007 at 5:00 pm

    …. Or what you can cram into an e-mail.

    Adam, I’ll thank you not to misrepresent my health care positions into your e-mails, as below. Go back to the SOT broadcast and show me where I said our nation’s problems with obesity and unhealthy lifestyles means “there is little point for politicians to fix our crazy health system.” I said these problems are an important factor that Sicko didn’t address, which it doesn’t. At no time did I argue against a comprehensive, meaningful fix to our system; just against the presumption that the Canadian/UK model is the only reasonable or humane solution.

    How brave of you to mischaracterize my positions in a forum where I can’t respond. You had,45 minutes of live air time to debate the point. Why didn’t you?

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    Debating Solutions

    ADAM ON WUNC’S STATE OF THINGS: You can hear me and health insurance industry PR maven and former lobbyist Paul Mahoney debate the issues surrounding our expensive and ineffective healthcare system. Representative Verla Insko – a true health champion in the General Assembly — is also on along with David Ridley from Duke and George Pink from UNC. Listen carefully for Paul’s talking point trying to blame our health system ills on the individual – obesity, etc. That’s the current favorite tactic of the industry. Why? Well, if our health problems are all really because of individual choices, then there is little point for politicians to fix our crazy health system. Sure, we need to focus on prevention, but I don’t see health insurance companies out there fighting for more bonds for sidewalks, demanding an end to unfair farm subsidies that make fruits and vegetables more expensive and leading the way on jacking up the cigarette tax.

  2. Adam Searing

    July 16, 2007 at 8:00 pm

    Paul – if you want to comment on what I write in my newsletter you might want to wait until I actually get to that topic here on the blog.

    My newsletter goes to people who want to get it and I never pretend it’s anything but my particular take on the health debate. By the way, if anyone wants to sign up just email Jan at jan@ncjustice.org

    If you just ask me, I’d be happy to start a conversation here about the insurance company strategy on the “prevention message.”

    In this post I was talking about the reporting on the parity bill. Have any thoughts about that?