KHN Morning Briefing

Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Today’s Opinions And Editorials

Don't Tax Health Plans USA Today
Taxing high-cost insurance plans to fund health care reform is a bad idea. In fact, it could threaten the medical insurance plans of middle-class workers who obtain coverage from their employers (Gerald W. McEntee, 9/28).

When It Comes To Health Care, It's Time To Do What's Best The (South Florida) Sun-Sentinel
Give us insurance, not "managed/less care." We used to have real insurance, where coverage is determined in advance in a written policy (Joseph Greif, 9/28).

The Health-Care Ego Trip The Washington Post
Even when the goals are worthy -- as they are here -- the temptation to exaggerate, simplify and sugarcoat often proves irresistible. Baucus's promotion of his handiwork is a case in point (Robert Samuelson, 9/28).

Racial Health Disparities Exact Moral, Financial Toll On Nation The Baltimore Sun
Usually we think of change as coming with costs, that doing something will cost more than doing what we are accustomed to doing. But in the case of America's unequal health, doing nothing has a cost - moral and fiscal - that our nation should not continue to bear (Thomas LaVeist and Darrell Gaskin, 9/28).

Health 'Reform' Is Income Redistribution Wall Street Journal
These changes would create a massively unfair form of income redistribution and create incentives for many not to buy health insurance at all (Michael Leavitt, Al Hubbard and Keith Hennessey, 9/27).

To Cover The Uninsured Go Where The Money Is USA Today
Conveniently, like in those Geico ads featuring a stack of bills with eyeballs, there is a pile of money staring lawmakers in the face - some $15.5 trillion to be exact. That's how much they would be spending on health care if they did nothing (9/28).

Bet On Health Care Reform Passing Politico
Hey, fellow progressives, I have a secret for you: We're winning on health care (Paul Begala, 9/28).

Max's Mad Mandate Wall Street Journal
The more we inspect Max Baucus's health-care bill, the worse it looks. Today's howler: One reason it allegedly "pays for itself" over 10 years is because it would break all 50 state budgets by permanently expanding Medicaid, the joint state-federal program for the poor (9/27).

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