Sunday, February 27, 2011

What Do People Misunderstand About Health Reform?

this is an excellent and very useful video with survey results on misconceptions about the reform law.

see also related blogpost on herndon alliance.  

Saturday, February 26, 2011

the herndon alliance

I highly recommend this site.  get on their email list.

Friday, February 18, 2011

health reform: women's health care

Great new online resource for women to learn about benefits in the health care law

Selling health reform - an answer

thanks to families usa staff for sharing this web site with me. site looks useful.  I wonder how many know about this, as I certainly didn't.  still, I think much more positive could be said about reform, plus need to negate the myths, like death panels, that many still believe is in the bill. 

selling health reform

as a number of you know, I am very concerned that not enough has been done to sell health reform.  One strategy is to conduct focus groups to see what can be done to test various approaches to selling key ideas to the public. Don't know if that has been tried, but figure may be worth pursuing. If any of you have ideas as to how to pursue that, would appreciate your thoughts on that. 

also, this sunday afternoon, organizing for america is having a strategy session including a breakout on health reform. it will be in kensignton. If you are able to join us, please let me know and I will send details.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Lt. Gov Brown's Perspective on Health Reform

here is his speech to academy health on maryland's efforts on health reform.

Friday, February 11, 2011

The Hot Spotters by Atul Gawande in New Yorker 1/24/11

The Hot Spotters 

Can we lower medical costs by giving the neediest patients better care. 

In Camden, New Jersey, one per cent of patients account for a third of the city’s medical costs.
Dr. Jeffrey Brenner has taken a comprehensive social approach to these issues and is lowering medical costs.  This is where we need to be. 

2/8/11 Post: Health-care law supporters tap Democratic strategist to defend it

Hope this leads to a meaningful communication strategy. I have been quite frustrated with the lack of communication by the administration on the facts and myths of health reform.  One of the steps I suggest is that we do focus testing on messages.  If anyone has contact info for the person mentioned in this article, I would like to pass on my suggestions. 

Friday, February 4, 2011

Organizing for America Meeting on 2/20/11

Please join us for the 2011 OFA Strategy Session on Sunday, February 20th, 2-4 pm at the Gwendolyn Coffield Community Center in Silver Spring.
National OFA Political Director, Yohannes Abraham will lead a discussion of OFA's 2011 strategy as we gear up for the 2012 reelection campaign.  We'll also discuss implementation strategies here in Montgomery County.  In small groups, attendees will have an opportunity to provide feedback and suggestions.
The Gwendolyn Coffield Community Center is conveniently located between Chevy Chase and downtown Silver Spring -- at 2450 Lyttonsville Rd. in Silver Spring, 20910 -- just off East-West Highway via Grubb Road.
Please RSVP below.  

One of the breakout session will deal with health care.