KHN Morning Briefing

Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Today’s Opinions And Editorials

Health 'Co-ops' Are Government Care The Wall Street Journal
Co-ops are a part of American culture: people uniting to solve common problems. What the Democrats are proposing bears little resemblance to this (Michael Leavitt, 8/20).

Health Co-ops: Slow Road To Government Care The Wall Street Journal
These government-authorized co-ops would serve no useful purpose. And they would risk the same adverse consequences as a public plan (Scott Harrington, 8/19).

Health Care Hypocrisy Newsweek
Pretty much everybody you see on CNBC yelling about socialism? Their parents and grandparents (if they're still living) get taxpayer-funded health insurance (Daniel Gross, 8/20).

Obama's Trust Problem The New York Times
Mr. Obama was never going to get everything his supporters wanted. But there's a point at which realism shades over into weakness (Paul Krugman, 8/20).

A Little More Heat, Please The Washington Post
The Pew poll suggests that the Democrats' weakness is neither strategic nor tactical but emotional. To quote the poet William Butler Yeats: "The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity" (Eugene Robinson, 8/21).

A Reform That's Scary The Chicago Tribune
[T]he White House itself is the source of much of the misinformation -- and even some of the scare tactics (Grace-Marie Turner, 8/21).

Patient, Heal Thyself The Philadelphia Inquirer
Americans expect and demand more timely, more convenient, more technologically advanced, and therefore more expensive care than people in other countries do (Andrew Kadar, 8/21). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.