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Turn Health Package Into Series Of Smaller Bills The (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union
As a first step, Congress and the White House could show themselves to be serious about real reform, and free from the special-interest control they criticize during election cycles, by drafting a bill to reduce the lawyers' roles in health care (George de Tarnowsky, 10/2).

Cut Costly Subsidies Orlando Sentinel
Medicare's annual budget is around $500 billion, and climbing fast. If Congress doesn't find ways to slow its growth, the program - and other entitlements - will swamp the federal budget (10/2).

How The Swiss Reformed Healthcare The Los Angeles Times
The Swiss experience shows that it is possible for a government to establish its own system, something that best corresponds to its country's historical heritage and political values, in order to fulfill its fundamental duty: to guarantee that its population will receive, under all circumstances, the medical care it needs (Ruth Dreifuss, 10/2).

Get More Health Care For Health Buck The Detroit News
As we discuss health reform, Americans ought to be able to talk to one another about excessively costly medical care yielding too little real benefit (Leonard Fleck, 10/2).

A Question Of Health And Women's Equality The Boston Globe
It is becoming obvious that just having a female reproductive system is a preexisting condition in the health care debate. The up-and-coming sticking point is abortion (Ellen Goodman, 10/2).

Who Is Looking Out For Women's Health USA Today
The adage that "the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world" has not been manifest in discussions of health care reform (Julianne Malveaux, 10/2).

If You Build It … CongressDaily
But when it comes to health care, one thing Congress has not been particularly good at is legislating competition (Julie Rovner, 10/2). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.