KHN Morning Briefing

Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Today’s Selection Of Opinions And Editorials

Sen. Joe Lieberman's 'Traitor' Haters Politico
If there were any doubts that Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) was detested by the left wing of the Democratic Party, with whom Lieberman caucuses in the Senate, they've now been unequivocally dispelled (Michael M. Rosen, 11/5).

The AMA Wants A Unicorn, Too The Wall Street Journal
In the stampede to pass ObamaCare, Democrats won't give even a passing thought to leaving the AMA behind - especially now, given that the group has shown how cheaply it can be bought (11/6).

As Medical Costs Take Over Government, Dems Duck ... USA Today
Health care spending has spread through the government and the economy like the swine flu, and it shows no signs of abating (11/6).

Democrats' Health Care Reform Plan Is Bad For Texas The Houston Chronicle
In the end the Democrats' reform is not about reforming health care. It's about carefully building the architecture for a future single-payer, nationalized health care system … (Rep. Kevin Brady, 11/6).

Insurance Across State Lines? The (Raleigh, N.C.) News & Observer
This seems perfectly sensible to anyone who has purchased a pair of running shoes over the Internet for a price lower than that available locally. Unfortunately, it won't work with health insurance (Donald Taylor, 11/6).

The Republican Health Plan The New York Times
Here is the first thing you need to know: It would do almost nothing to reduce the scandalously high number of Americans who have no insurance. And it makes only a token stab at slowing the relentlessly rising costs of medical care (11/5).

Obamacare's Nasty Surprise The Washington Post
(A) well-intentioned feature would provide a strong incentive for someone who is healthy to drop his or her health insurance, saving the substantial premium costs (Feldstein, 11/6). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.