KHN Morning Briefing

Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Today’s Opinions: Public Mistrust Of Government; Health Care For Children; Romney’s Role In Health Care Reform; Efforts To Stop Fraud

Democrats At The Edge Of The Cliff The Wall Street Journal
There was always something eerie about the way the Democrats said their health-care legislation was what the American people had waited "70 years" for. Invoking the ghosts of 1939 was kind of creepy. Then when the moment in history finally arrived, history got no votes from the other party. Whatever the politics, there was something ominous about all this. One felt something else was going on (Daniel Henninger, 4/22).

A Giant Step For Children's Health Care The News & Observer
Much criticism is being aimed at the Obama administration and Congress for passing major health care reform legislation. For me, a busy rural pediatrician and a leader in the American Academy of Pediatrics, it is a new day in America. We Americans can finally hold up our heads in the company of other developed nations that afford all their citizens the right to health care. It is an especially good day for our children and youth (David T. Tayloe, Jr., 4/22).

The Romney Health Care Tally NPR/National Review
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney must be tired of answering questions about his position on Obamacare, yet questions remain (Stephen Spruiell, 4/21).

On My Mind: Scamming Uncle Sam Forbes
The Administration should be commended for increasing its antifraud efforts, but it doesn't have long to get it right. Health care reform will soon put most health insurance under federal oversight. If the federal government doesn't get much better at stopping fraud before it occurs, health care reform will do more for the crooks than for the uninsured (Merrill Matthews, 4/22).

Trying To 'Fix' The Costs Of ObamaCare The Daily Caller
As health care costs continue to soar – spurred on by ObamaCare's taxes, mandates, and regulations – Massachusetts could be a harbinger of things to come at the federal level. Higher and higher premiums, court battles between government and insurers, companies becoming insolvent, and people having fewer and fewer choices of affordable private coverage. Not exactly what the president promised with his health overhaul plan (Grace-Marie Turner, 4/22).

Nursing Our Way Out Of Doctor Shortage The Orange County Register
Medicare typically reimburses nurse practitioners at a lower rate than physicians. In Chicago, an office visit that would bring $70 to a doctor is worth only $60 to a nurse practitioner. But the need for more primary care is forcing a welcome reassessment of these policies (Steve Chapman, 4/21). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.