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Today’s Selection Of Opinions And Editorials

That Rock In The Health-Care Road? It's Called The Constitution The Washington Post
Although Democrats think their health-care legislation faces smooth sailing to implementation, there is a rock dead ahead -- a constitutional challenge to the legislation's core. Democrats who assume it is constitutional to make it mandatory for Americans to purchase health insurance should answer some questions (George F. Will, 1/14). 

Repeal Obamacare for 2010 Win Politico
Obamacare's final passage by Congress is not a fait accompli, but - if and when it happens - the moment will be anticlimactic. Most of the final bill's major provisions will not take effect until 2013. And between now and then, there will be a midterm and a general election that will be largely defined by the scandalous process, policies and price tag of the health care takeover. The 2010 and 2012 elections, then - and not this month's bribe-a-thon on Capitol Hill - will determine the impact and legacy of the Democrats' health care gambit (Chris Chocola, 1/14).

Health Experts And Double Standards The Wall Street Journal
The press corps is agonizing, or claims to be agonizing, over the news of Jonathan Gruber's conflict of interest: The MIT economist has been among the foremost promoters of ObamaCare-even as he had nearly $400,000 in consulting contracts with the Administration that weren't disclosed in the many stories in which he was cited as an independent authority (1/14). 

Health Care Reform Must Fix Access Problems The San Francisco Chronicle
[A] key element of legislation being reconciled by congressional leaders is expanding eligibility for Medicaid, known in California as Medi-Cal. This could add up to 2 million patients to a program that already serves 6.5 million poor Californians. But that makes no more sense than building a house on a sloping, cracked foundation (Anmol Singh Mahal, 1/14).

How To Heal Health Care Reform The Detroit News
As work continues on health care reform in Congress, the critical issues of fairness, competition and cost must be addressed in the final bill. While I voted in favor of H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives, I have concerns with the health care reform bill that has come out of the U.S. Senate (Rep. Bart Stupak, 1/14).

Leaning Left? The AMA At A Crossroads Huffington Post
Every time a Democratic president has tried to expand or reform health care, the American Medical Association (AMA) has stood in the way. … In recent years, however, the AMA has undergone a seeming internal realignment. Instead of joining forces with Dick Armey and the tea party movement, the AMA has turned into an ally, if not yet a full-fledged member, of the liberal coalition. As old-guard members' gasped, the organization has lined up behind health care reform (Victor Li, 1/13).

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