A Selection Of Editorials And Opinions
Health Care Overhaul: The Public Option Debate CQ Politics
A public option can take many forms and the pros and cons depend heavily on the details. In broad strokes, however, advocates such as Howard Dean like to press the analogy to the highly popular Medicare program (Madison Powers, 6/24).
Why We Need A Public Health-Care Plan The Wall Street Journal
Without a public option private insurers, doctors, hospitals, drug companies, and medical suppliers have little or no incentive to supply high-quality care at a lower cost than they do now (Robert Reich, 6/24).
Obama Health Care Plan's Overreach The Washington Times
Why do we need President Obama's big-bang health care reform? What's the real agenda here? If it's really to cover the truly uninsured, a much cheaper, targeted, small-ball approach would do the trick ... maybe the real goal is a larger, ultraliberal plan aimed at a government takeover of the U.S. health system (Lawrence Kudlow, 6/24).
Unraveling Debate On Health Care The Chicago Tribune
On one side, conservatives call Obama a "socialist." On the other side, left-progressives wish that he was (Clarence Page, 6/24).
Health Reform Should Look At CEO Pay The Des Moines Register
If letters to the editor are any indication, Iowans can't stomach those at the top of health organizations raking in big bucks and floating out on golden parachutes (Editorial, 6/24).
Deja Vu on Health Care? The Washington Post
When it comes to the prognosis for overhauling health care, pessimism is a safe bet, and there's been ample basis recently for that gloomy assessment (Ruth Marcus, 6/24).
Hinge pay on outcomes to trim cost of Medicare The Spokesman-Review
Physician fees haven't soared. But per-patient usage has: more doctor visits, more and longer hospital stays, more surgery and more tests and other medical procedures each generating a separate bill (Editorial, 6/24).