Today’s OpEds: Advantage Cuts, Insurers Are Not Villains, Mandate Survives Legal Challenge, GOP’s ‘Misleading’ CampaignWhose Advantage? The New York Times
Some of the private health plans that participate in Medicare will be dropping out next year, but don't blame health care reform. Most are unwilling to meet the sensible requirements of a 2008 law that they do more to earn the federal subsidies that have fueled their rapid growth (10/10).
The Insurance Straw Man Kaiser Health News
Washington sees more than its share of power plays, and there were many on display during the year-long health care debate. But even by Washington standards, the secretary's letter is highly unusual, and startling (James C. Capretta, 10/11).
The Health-Insurance Mandate Is Found To Be Legally Sound The Washington Post
We think the capacious contours of the commerce clause, as interpreted by the Supreme Court for decades, support the imposition of the individual mandate. But we think that is a closer call, and more of an extension of existing doctrine, than Judge Steeh's ruling acknowledges (10/11).
A Basis For Honest Debate The Boston Globe
Voters deserve what [Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.], the top Republican on the House Budget Committee, calls an "adult conversation'' about the nation's troubling long-term financial picture (10/11).
Kansas Republicans Distort The Facts Of Health Care Reform Kansas City Star
The recent denouncement of 'Obamacare' by Kansas GOP candidates Sam Brownback, Jeff Colyer and Derek Schmidt is no surprise. But in their efforts to inject the health care reform fight into Kansas politics, the Republicans are feeding the public misleading and incomplete information (10/10).
Means Testing Logical For Senior Services Des Moines Register
[A]n aging population means more money will be needed just to sustain current services. Those who can afford to pay should do so based on their income and assets. Help should be free only to those who have proven financial need (10/11).
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