KHN Morning Briefing

Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Today’s Opinions: Recession’s Impact On The Uninsured; Repeal of Health Reform? Then What?

The Recession's Awful Impact The New York Times
The record number of people last year without health insurance - 50.7 million, up from 46.3 million in 2008 - provides stark evidence of why the country desperately needs the health care reforms enacted in March (9/16).

What A Difference A Year Makes The Huffington Post
Every year about this time, the census releases its yearly numbers on the uninsured. Every year, I write an op-ed or a blog post. Every year, I get a little more depressed (Aaron Carroll, 9/16).

Cost Savings Of Tort Reform Exaggerated The (Memphis, Tenn.) Commercial Appeal
Defensive medicine is not a trivial issue but we have the proverbial bigger fish to fry (Cyril Chang, 9/17).

Repeal Reform? Then What? The (Memphis, Tenn.) Commercial Appeal
In the alternative, it would be helpful to know how repeal advocates plan to preserve the obviously beneficial aspects of the law and repeal provisions, such as its much-maligned universal coverage mandate, that make more desirable reforms affordable (9/17).

Health Costs' New Reality Bellevue (Wash.) Reporter
The news that employees are being asked to pay a greater share of their health care costs shouldn't come as a surprise. That's been the trend for some time now with private companies. Now that change needs to be understood by union employees of private business and government workers (9/16).

When The Candidates Lack Insurance Des Moines Register
The new health reform law eventually will require Americans to purchase insurance and it will provide opportunities in so-called exchanges where they can go to buy it. A few years from now, the editorial-page staff doesn't expect to come across political candidates who are uninsured (9/17).

What Makes A Good Doctor? Can We Measure It? CNN
I confess that I am biased, since I work in an urban clinic with an underserved population. My colleagues are superb, committed doctors in whom I'd trust the medical care of my family in a heartbeat. But beyond my own instinct, I think the data support that our current "quality measures" do not necessarily reflect who is a good doctor and who is a lousy doctor (Dr. Danielle Ofri, 9/16).

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