KHN Morning Briefing

Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Today’s Opinions and Editorials

What's Up, Docs? The Wall Street Journal
The AMA is essentially saying that if doctors get paid more, all else is negotiable. It can't last (7/20).

The Time To Act On Health Care Crisis Is Now The Nevada Appeal
Some in Washington, and here in Nevada, are telling us that we cannot afford health reform, and that we need to wait. This just doesn't make sense (Carla Sloan, 7/19).

I Probably Won't Be Your Family Doctor The Baltimore Sun
With the number of senior citizens rapidly growing, by 2020 we will likely lack 200,000 physicians. So why do only two percent of medical students choose family medicine (Aggarwal, 7/19).

Health Care Never Never Land The Atlanta Journal Constitution
Once again, success in the business arena is punished in the government arena. Truly, this bill is a monstrosity (Barr, 7/20).

Where Is Competition In Our Current Health Care Debate? Fort Worth Business Press
Since when is government needed to stoke competition? Competition is what happens when government lets people alone (Stossel, 7/20).

A Trillion Here, A Trillion There Politico
Businesses will, in effect, be forced to send employees into the Democrats' government-run health care. It's really not something to argue about, it is a fact (Jindal, 7/20).

Costs And Benefits The New York Times
[Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas] Elmendorf's testimony should prod Democratic leaders to come up with more and better ways to restrain costs for federal programs and the health care system as a whole (7/19).

Controlling Costs Won't Limit Care Roll Call
The idea of "rationing" is a myth, and anything resembling it will not be a part of health care reform (Kohl, 7/20).

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