KHN Morning Briefing

Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Today’s Opinions And Editorials

Obama's Health Rationer-in-Chief Wall Street Journal
Dr. Emanuel is part of a school of thought that redefines a physician's duty, insisting that it includes working for the greater good of society instead of focusing only on a patient's needs. Many physicians find that view dangerous, and most Americans are likely to agree (Betsy McCaughey, 8/27).

Health Care Fit For Animals The New York Times
What's un-American isn't a greater government role in health care but an existing system in which Americans without insurance get health care, if at all, in livestock pens (Nicholas Kristof, 8/26).

Setbacks And Fissions New England Journal Of Medicine
Although the administration has not conceded publicly that enactment of its ambitious vision for reform seems unlikely in this polarized environment, many signs point in that direction (John Iglehart, 8/26).

Obama Targets Medicare Advantage Wall Street Journal
The health-care battle, already intense, will get more so in the months ahead. ObamaCare is unpopular, but it is far from defeated (Karl Rove, 8/26).

Doctor - Also A Patient - Considers The Options Atlanta Journal-Constitution
I work in private practice as a dermatologist. With health care reform, I expect my income to go down. I am willing to accept this change not only because it will mean that all my patients have access to health care, but also because I think overall the president's proposal will improve the practice of medicine (Jamie Weisman, 8/26).

Grassley Feels The Heat The Washington Post
The last, faint hope for truly bipartisan health reform rests with Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa -- and faint may be overstating the prognosis (Ruth Marcus, 8/26).

Access To Quality, Affordable Health Care Should Be Goal The Springfield (Ill.) State Journal Register
Health-care reform isn't just about policy and politics; it's about us and our families (Jeffrey Korsmo, 8/27). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.