KHN Morning Briefing

Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Today’s Opinions And Editorials: Health Care Cost Estimates, Health Workforce Issues, And The Individual Mandate

The Health Care Ripple Effect The Daily Caller
To sum it up, the (recent Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services health reform) analysis shows this bill will increase health care costs – causing a ripple effect – forcing millions to drop their current plan because they simply can't afford it (Rep. Phil Roe, 4/29).

Cost? What Cost? The Fredericksburg (Va.) Free Lance-Star
Mr. Obama mocked foes of the health care law in campaign-style speeches after he signed the bill, saying they acted as if it were the end of the world. It's not, of course, but, so far, opponents' forecasts have been much more accurate than Mr. Obama's otherworldly promises (4/29).

Nurse Practitioners' Role Should Be Expanded Abilene (Tex.) Reporter News
Would this be a good time to re-evaluate our attitudes regarding whom we allow to administer primary medical services and to consider expanding the "scope of practice" of health care professionals like nurse practitioners? (John Crisp, 4/28).

The Insurance Mandate In Peril The Wall Street Journal
Congress justified its authority to enact the (insurance) mandate on the grounds that it is a regulation of commerce. But as this justification came under heavy constitutional fire, the mandate's defenders changed the argument-now claiming constitutional authority under Congress's power to tax (Randy Barnett, 4/29).

Immigrants, Patients Have Unique Stories CNN
I think about the popular image of "illegal immigrants" and how it rests heavily on the perceived ability of immigrants to hide themselves in society's shadows. But it isn't as easy to be invisible in a wheelchair (Dr. Danielle Ofri, 4/28).

Why Physicians Oppose The Health Care Reform Bill Forbes
Physicians knew the health care bill had a "gotcha" buried deep inside. The only way it could be called "budget-neutral" was to implement significant reductions in physician payments (Dr. Daniel Palestrant, 4/28). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.