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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Town Hall meetings are the venue of choice for debating health care reform. Princeton historian Julian Zelizer and Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer of America Speaks look at the history and politics of that form of public discourse. Plus, how a health insurance exchange would work; a new forced treatment law in New Jersey; Mr. Beller’s neighborhoods; and NYS Sen. Tom Duane.


Mr. Beller, Tom Duane, Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer and Julian Zelizer

Forced Treatment Law in New Jersey

Phil Lubitz, director of Advocacy Programs a the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of New Jersey, discusses his support for the law signed by Gov. Corzine Tuesday to allow forced treatment for mental illness in some cases.

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Short on Desks

New York State Senator (29th District, Manhattan) Tom Duane talks about school overcrowding in Hell's Kitchen.

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Neighborhood Voices

Thomas Beller, a founder and editor of Open City magazine and Mr. Beller’s, and Said Sayrafiezadeh, author of When Skateboards Will Be Free: A Memoir of a Political Childhood and a contributor to Lost and Found: Stories from New York talk about slice-of-life stories and New York ...

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A National Health Exchange

Jacob Hacker, professor of political science at Yale, and Georganne Chapin, president and CEO of Hudson Health, debate plans for a national health care exchange.

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Town Halls

Legislators across the country have been holding town hall meetings about health care reform--and it's been quite an experience. Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University and the author of Bound: Making America Conservative in the 1970s, and Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer, president and founder ...

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