CSU, Chico News

The State of Health Care Reform in America: Two Events Scheduled for Coming Week

Date: 11-10-2009

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Tom Imhoff

The California State University, Chico Peace Institute is offering the second of its three-part series on health care reform this coming Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7:30–9:30 p.m. in Ayres 120. Bill Moyer’s Journal Interview of Wendell Potter from July 10, 2009 will be shown and a discussion will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Potter, a former public relations front person for Cigna has now became a whistleblower, testifying before Congressional committees and appearing for numerous interviews on TV about the abuses of the health insurance industry. Once hired by Cigna to discredit Michael Moore and “Sicko,” he recently stated on TV that he agrees with most of the content in the documentary. He has become one of the strongest advocates for health reform in America.

The final event in the series, “Wellness vs. Sickness—Do We Need a New Paradigm?” will be held on Monday, Nov. 16, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in PAC 135. A panel of health care providers will discuss how preventative care, healthy life style, and alternative and collaborative health services can help keep us well, reduce illness and contribute significantly to health care cost containment. The panel, including James Nagel, M.D.; Deborah Penner, D.C.; Regina Dagerette, Ph.D., L.Acc.; Shayla Waddell, N.D.; and Deborah Crawford, RMT, will address the question of whether the current healthcare reform measures provide for such a program, and whether we need to rethink what constitutes health and health care.

The first event in the series featured a viewing of Michael Moore’s documentary “Sicko.” The sponsors are planning a debate on single payer insurance in California for next spring.

The Peace Institute at CSU, Chico was founded in 2004 to address the question “What are the causes of war and the prospects for peace?” The institute is housed in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, but its members also come from the community and the student body and the faculty at Butte College, Shasta College and CSU, Chico. For more information, call Imhoff at 530-898-4743 or e-mail him at timhoff@csuchico.edu.