Today’s Opinions: Health Law’s Effect For Democrats; Canadians’ View; Cutting Medicare Costs; The Health Issue In Tenn. Governor’s RaceThe Stakes In The Health Care War Politico
Despite lofty predictions that a broad-based Democratic constituency would be activated by the health care reform bill, recent polling shows that the bill has been a disaster for the party - with near 60 percent of voters saying that they oppose the measure (Douglas Schoen, 8/11).
U.S. Health Care System Ridiculous, Say Canadians CBS MoneyWatch
You have to leave the country to get a proper perspective on the high cost of health care in the United States. Even if it's just over the border (Jane Bryant Quinn, 8/12).
Think Health Reform Will Cut Costs? Think Again. USA Today
A big reason the new law is ineffective in constraining costs is that it doesn't fundamentally reform Medicare, particularly the program's dominant "fee-for-service" reimbursement option (James Capretta, 8/11).
Hard Health-Care Decisions Await Next Governor The (Nashville) Tennessean
The public eye is keenly focused on health-care issues. Big health-care questions will face the next governor. Let's explore three particularly prickly questions (Dick Cowart, 8/12).
Make Health Care, Not Birth Control, The Priority Miller-McCune
Imagine that you are a young Chinese woman of, say, 21, who accidentally becomes pregnant by her fiancé. When the local birth control official discovers your condition a few months later, she declares your pregnancy to be "illegal" and orders you to report for an abortion (Steven Mosher, 8/12).
Health Care Reform Looks Like Just Another Spending Measure San Francisco Examiner
During last year's health care debate, the Obama administration used a convincing catchphrase to push wavering legislators to pass the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: "Health care reform is entitlement reform" (Paul Howard, 8/12). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.