Health Reform: We Don't Like It As Much, But Don't Defund It!

Published on
January 25, 2011

Here's what we're checking out today:

Health Reform: A complex picture emerges from a recent poll of Americans' attitudes toward health reform: while more people now oppose the law than in December, about 62 percent of people surveyed don't want what exists now to be defunded, the Wall. St. Journal's Katherine Hobson reports.

Community Health: Dr. Manoj Jain, a former Fellow and columnist for the Memphis Commercial Appeal, draws disturbing parallels between community health in Memphis and his homeland of India.

Global Health: The nearly $22 billion Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has found that an astonishing two-thirds of some of its grants are swallowed by corruption, the Associated Press' John Heilprin reports.

Latino Health: No one has as much to gain - or to lose - in the political tug of war over health care reform as the nation's 48 million Latinos, John Gonzales reports for our sister program, the California HealthCare Foundation Center for Health Reporting.

Children's Health: Seattle doctor-blogger Wendy Sue Swanson writes about why the media never should have given disgraced researcher Andrew Wakefield any kind of forum after the blockbuster British Medical Journal series on his thoroughly discredited autism-vaccine research. You can also check out Antidote blogger William Heisel's advice for journalists based on the BMJ series here.d