KHN Morning Briefing

Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Today’s Selection Of Opinions And Editorials

Fair Pay For Caregivers New York Times
Further delay in rescinding a measure that denies caregivers fair pay raises the danger that their plight will get mired in the broader debate over health care costs (7/8).

Primary Care Key To Health Coverage Monterey County Herald
?We are currently a country of medical specialists as opposed to primary care physicians (Pompan and Del Piero, 7/9).

Health-Care Reform Requires Facts, Discussion Arizona Daily Star
While Congress and President Obama wrangle over the details of reforming the way Americans access and pay for medical care, they must hold firm to several principles (7/9).

Obama Can't Be Trusted With Numbers Wall Street Journal
It is speculative that these cuts will actually be made, when they would begin, or whether they would reduce government health-care spending (Rove, 7/9).

Give Up A Benefit, Gain Jobs Washington Post
With union membership shrinking and wages strained, it might sound crazy to argue that labor should voluntarily give up a huge fringe benefit: tax-free health insurance provided by employers. But it should (Burman, 7/9).

Limited Choices National Review Online
The results attained by government-run health-insurance markets in Massachusetts and the Netherlands provide equally cautionary evidence: Such markets limit competition, do not control costs, discourage entrepreneurial efforts, and thus cause consumer dissatisfaction (Herzlinger, 7/9).

Congress Can Fix The Health Care System For Kids Chicago Defender
My chief concern about the House proposal is its failure to ensure that children will be better off than they are now and that some children are at risk of being worse off (Edelman, 7/8). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.