KHN Morning Briefing

Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Today’s Selection Of Opinions and Editorials

First, Make No Mistakes The New York Times
The Obama administration should take a lesson from the transportation safety board's successes and establish an independent agency charged with identifying and eliminating the causes of medical error (Hall, 7/28).

Media Needs To Deepen Coverage Of Healthcare Reform Los Angeles Times
America has a healthcare crisis, yes, and so do broad segments of the media, particularly television news. They have transformed the story of how to fix an overpriced and inadequate care system into an overheated political scrum, with endless chatter about deadlines and combatants and very little about the kind of medical care people get and how it might change (Rainey, 7/29).

Can't Blame Liberal Media For Health Bill Stall The Wall Street Journal
Broadcast coverage tilts heavily in favor of Barack Obama's big government plan (Noyes and Seymour, 7/28).

A Market For Health Reform The Washington Post
Amid the clamor over public insurance options -- which, incidentally, would be housed on the exchange -- and employer tax exclusions and all the other points of controversy, the health insurance exchange is hardly being discussed. And there are signs that it, and thus the long-term promise of reform, might be in danger (Klein, 7/29).

Will Health-Care Reform Hurt Washington Kids? The Seattle Times
If Washington state has to trade in its ambitious and effective children's health insurance plan for a national offering, it had better be for something much better than what we have (Varner, 7/28).

The All-Powerful August Break CNN
Members of Congress value the recess as a time to recharge their batteries, reconnect with their family and visit with their constituents. Pelosi may well have realized that a wise leader might use the August recess as a deadline, but not a cudgel with which to beat her colleagues (Feehery, 7/28).

How CEOs Can Help Fix Health Care The Wall Street Journal
We recommend executives make one or more of three innovative changes: 1) encourage employees to use nurse-staffed in-store health clinics for common ailments, 2) partner with integrated health systems like Kaiser Permanente, and 3) set up company-run clinics at corporate offices and plants (Christensen and Hwang, 7/28). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.