KHN Morning Briefing

Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Today’s Opinions And Editorials

Health Reform And The Polls Wall Street Journal
For all the back and forth about the "public option," Congressional Budget Office estimates and proposed tax hikes, the fundamentals are really what make health-care reform a hard sell to American voters. As members of Congress head home for the August recess, they should take a close look at some poll numbers before they attempt to pass any new legislation (Rasmussen, 8/7).

The Peril Of Cost-Cutting Health Care Programs San Jose Mercury News
In the not too distant past, doctors viewed patients from the perspective of scientists and humanists. The issue of quality health care eclipsed that of cost (Marchasin, 8/6).

Republicans Propagating Falsehoods In Attacks On Health-Care Reform The Washington Post
They've become political terrorists, willing to say or do anything to prevent the country from reaching a consensus on one of its most serious domestic problems (Pearlstein, 8/7).

Why Obama May Fail Wall Street Journal
If after all this Mr. Obama gets half a loaf or less on health care, look for the reasons among the hopeful, admiring people who voted for him. That is where his support is leaking (Henninger, 8/6).

The Town Hall Mob The New York Times
So this is something new and ugly. What's behind it? (Krugman, 8/6).

After The Thrill Is Gone The Washington Post
Honeymoons always end. But it is fair to ask: What did Obama use this initial period of unique standing and influence to achieve? (Gerson, 8/7). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.