Health Care Reform: North Carolina's Watch on Washington

Health Care ReformDebates over changing the nation's health care system are breaking out at public forums across the country.
UNC-TV's live television town hall, Health Care Reform: North Carolina's Watch on Washington seeks to answer your questions.

In this 90-minute program, Congressional leaders representing North Carolina answer your calls and online questions on the health care reform proposals that have Washington buzzing and local town hall meetings packed.



Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC)
Senator Richard Burr is the senior United States Senator from North Carolina. A Republican, Burr represented North Carolina's 5th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives for five terms, and was elected to represent North Carolina as a U.S. Senator in the 2004 election.


Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-NC, 2nd District)
Representative Bob Etheridge is a member of the United States House of Representatives from North Carolina, representing that state's 2nd Congressional District. Etheridge, a Democrat was first elected to the House in 1996.


Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC, 13th District)
Representative Brad Miller currently represents North Carolina's 13th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a member of the Democratic Party.
Price Rep. David Price (D-NC , 4th District)
Representative David Price currently serves as Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing the 4th district of North Carolina. Rep. Price was elected to his 10th term (sixth consecutive) in 2006.
Watt Rep. Mel Watt (D-NC, 12th District)
Representative Melvin Watt has been a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1993, representing the North Carolina's 12th congressional district.


The legislative process to reform America's health care system is a story that changes daily. The following links are provided as a list of resources related to this discussion.

America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009
A pdf document with the complete text of of this act from the 111th Congress

AARP: Health
As Congress works to fix a broken health-care system, AARP looks at what the bills really say, while also including general information about healthy living, health insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, doctors and hospitals, symptoms, medications, and more.

Healthcare Reform: An Online Guide
This broad list of multiple resources and documents compiled by Timothy Noah at provides government, public policy, academic, blogger, and media information and resources--all updated frequently.

Health Care Reform News - The New York Times
This New York Times special “Times Topics” section provides many of the latest development and headlines from across the Web on health care reform, insurance and managed care.

While President Obama works with Congress to pass comprehensive health reform, this Web site outlines the Administration’s latest messages and strategies for changes in health care policy.

H.R. 3200, America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009, District by District Impact
The Committee of Energy and Commerce has prepared, for each member, a district-level analysis of the impact of the health reform legislation. This analysis includes information on the impact of the legislation on small businesses, seniors in Medicare, health care providers, and the uninsured. It also includes an estimate of the impacts of the surtax that is used to pay for the legislation.

National Coalition on Health Care
The National Coalition on Health Care is the nation's largest and most broadly representative alliance working to improve America's health care. The Coalition, which was founded in 1990 and is non-profit and rigorously non-partisan, is comprised of more than 70 organizations, employing or representing about 150 million Americans.

Rx for Reform: The Online NewsHour
The Online NewsHour from NewsHour with Jim Lehrer provides a special Web section devoted to in-depth coverage and reports to help decode the debate over health care reform.

U.S. House Committee on Ways & Means
The chief tax-writing committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. Members of this committee cannot serve on any other House Committees, but can apply for a waiver from their party's congressional leadership. The Committee has jurisdiction over all taxation, tariffs, and other revenue-raising measures, as well as a number of other programs.

U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions
This website contains information on Committee legislation, hearings and markups, and provides access to Committee hearing testimony. It also contains links to all federal agencies that are charged with enforcing federal laws related to health care.