Sunday, May 29, 2011

Medinnovation Selected as One of 18 “Somewhat Positive and Neutral" Health Reform Blogs

May 28, 2011 – Kelly Fluer, co-founder of The Practical Nurse, recently send me this email:

Hello Dr. Reece

I just wanted to inform you about a piece we've published over here at The Practical Nurse called "33 Informational Blogs to Follow the Obamacare Debate." I found Medinnovation to be very interesting and relevant, so I thought that both you and your readers might enjoy the article. Please do let me know if you have any questions or comments --”

It’s nice to be called “interesting and relevant, “ and furthermore to be listed as “somewhat positive and neutral.”

The truth is, however, that I am far from neutral. The word “somewhat” is a squishy term, and I could just as easily have been characterized as “somewhat negative” about the impact of Obamacare on doctors and the failure of the Obama administration to solicit our opinion. To be sure, the administration did consult with the AMA, but the AMA only represents 15% of doctors and hardly speaks for most practitioners.

In any event, for the blogless and listless among you on health reform law, here are two health reform blog lists., as compiled by The Practical Nurse.

Negative Commentary

1. AntiObama Blog: This link leads to the health care category in this blog, with several articles dating into March 2011.
2. Baroccoli Obama: This anonymous blog takes on ObamaCare as well as any other issue that might make this administration appear weak and silly.
3. Big Dog’s Weblog: This link leads to full blog entries about ObamaCare from an anti-liberal perspective and an advocate for uprising to eradicate liberalism.
4. Expose Obama: This blog, which focuses a great deal on healthcare reform and ObamaCare, is a project of the National Campaign Fund, an organization that focuses on teen and unplanned pregnancy prevention.
5. Flopping Aces: This link leads to negative commentary on health care reform based upon news stories.
6. GOP Obamacare: A blog that throws blame for the unemployment rate on ObamaCare. Also discusses legislation, news and solutions to the healthcare issue.
7. Health Reform Scandal: This blog is all for health care reform, but not the way that Obama and his administration is going about it.
8. John Goodman’s Health Policy Blog: Dr. Goodman’s blog is a premier right-of-center health care blog on the Internet. He frequently is invited to testify before Congress on health care reform and retirement topics and is the author of more than 50 published studies.
9. NewsBusters: A highly active blog focused on commenting and reporting the opinion that ObamaCare can never work.
10. Obamafail: This blog claims to report on how ObamaCare fails and why the entire administration cannot succeed. Includes video and links.
11. ObamaCare 411: This blog is designed to contribute to the ongoing national discussion of health care reform “and, most importantly, to help educate the public to the real costs of the legislation.”
12. Obama Care Blog Center: A conservative blog that covers a wide range of points on healthcare reform and that includes videos, editorials and recent news items. The blog also supports Mike Pence, who is considering a run for the presidency in 2012.
13. Obamacare Fail: This blog sets out to prove that ObamaCare “scheme” is failing with “statements made by politicians concerning this matter.”
14. Scotty Starnes’s Blog: This blogger often cites sources to supplement his opinions on the healthcare issue as well as why he thinks Democrats are ruining the country.
15. The Moral Liberal: This blogger supports “the Judeo-Christian ethic, limited government, and That Heavenly Banner: The U.S. Constitution.” Articles are biased against health care reform.

Positive or Somewhat Neutral Commentary

16. A Detailed Analysis of Barack Obama’s Health-Care Reform Plan: This blog site tackles health care reform throughout, but this particular article, written in 2009, attempts to break the plan down. Many more articles in this blog about health care reform.
17. American HealthCare Reform: This blog carries positive headlines about health care reform.
18. Barack ObamaCare: Private citizens created this Web site to determine the state of health care in the United States, to assess the ongoing health care legislation, and to understand the current administration’s proposed solution.
19. db’s Medical Rants: Dr. Centor talks about a wide variety of health options pertaining to internal medicine, American health care and medical education.
20. Democratic Party News: This link leads to the archive for a pro-ObamaCare approach to relating news and opinion. Often cites sources and statistics to support those opinions.
21. DEMOCRAT.GNOM.ES Obamacare: This link leads to archives on ObamaCare from a liberal perspective.
22. Health Care Reform Questions and Answers: This blog is dedicated to providing readers with the latest information on the current health care debate. Participate in the blogs and post comments.
23. Health Care Reform Update: Roger Collier is a consultant specializing in health care policy issues. He was CEO of a national health care consulting firm, and Principal-in-Charge of KPMG’s national health and welfare consulting practice.
24. Medinnovation: Richard L. Reece, MD, is pathologist, editor, author, speaker, innovator, and “believer in abilities of practicing doctors and their patients to control and improve their health destinies through innovation.”
25. My Involuntary Servitude: Maintained by an attorney living in the southeast who was inspired to do something about what he felt was a life of involuntary servitude. A concise account of legal goings-on concerning ObamaCare.
26. ObamaCare Information 678-461-8601: This is a comprehensive resource for news and issues concerning healthcare reform presented in a neutral fashion.
27. ObamaCare Watch: The writings in this blog are focused on monitoring implementation of President Obama’s newly passed health care law, including in-depth research and analysis with key news stories and commentary.
28. Open Congress ObamaCare: This blog is a non-profit and non-partisan source of information and invites everyone to participate in comments. OpenCongress is a free and open-source project of the Participatory Politics Foundation, an organization with a mission to increase civic engagement.
29. ObamaCare: This link leads to various opinions and news articles that point to strengths and weaknesses within health care reform.
30. Science Blogs ObamaCare: This link leads to many articles among the blogs within this format. Most of the articles take a well-reasoned stance for or against various components of Obama’s health care reform bill and its implications. Most vocal lately is Dr. Jeffrey H. Toney, an educator and a scientist whose career has spanned academia and the pharmaceutical industry.
31. The Alan Katz Health Care Reform Blog: The Alan Katz Health Care Reform blog was launched on January 2, 2007 and continues to earn distinctions for his analysis of health care reform policy.
32. The Hill ObamaCare: A blog for lawmakers who question ObamaCare from both sides.
33. The Washington Watch: Current updates on news and efforts made in the political arena on the healthcare debate. Reasonably neutral in its stance and is maintained by Jim Harper, Director of Information Policy Studies at the Cato Institute, in his spare time, as a public service.

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