KHN Morning Briefing

Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

A Selection Of Viewpoints And Perspectives

A Red State Booster Shot – The Washington Post
Those in the red states still smarting over Barack Obama's election victory can perhaps take solace in this: The Democrats' No. 1 domestic policy initiative, universal health care, is likely to help red America at the expense of blue (Alec MacGillis, 5/31).

Better Health Care: Balancing Better Options - Politico
I have developed a proposal that helps to unlock access to affordable health coverage by requiring insurance companies in every state to offer a low-cost health insurance policy to every person, regardless of his or her health or what job he or she has (Sen. Judd Gregg, 6/1).

The Wisdom Of Mandates – The Boston Globe
For all the fiscal problems the Commonwealth now faces, its three-year-old universal health insurance reform cannot be blamed for driving up state government costs uncontrollably (Editorial, 5/31).

Health Reform's Savings Myth – The Washington Post
The idea is that Congress can add a massive health-care program this year -- covering the uninsured -- and use the same measures that pay for the health reform to fix the broader budget problems. If that sounds too good to be true, there's a reason (Maya MacGuineas, 5/31).

Obama Targets Wrong Tax For Health Reform – The Detroit News
Obama should instead admit that John McCain was right -- we need to fix the inefficient tax treatment of employer-sponsored health insurance (Joseph Antos, 5/30).

Health Reform Would Be Expensive. So Would No Health Reform. – St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A lot of the debate about reforming health care revolves around a false choice - the simplistic idea that transforming the health system would be far more expensive than sticking with the current system. A growing body of scholarly evidence points to the fallacy of that argument (Editorial, 5/31).

A Rogue Industry – The New York Times
It is time to grant the F.D.A. the power to regulate the content and marketing of tobacco products (Editorial, 5/30).



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