KHN Morning Briefing

Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Today’s Opinions: CBO Numbers Undercut Health Law Promises; Concerns About Berwick Nomination; The Rescission Myth

So Much For ObamaCare's Savings Investor's Business Daily
The Democrats' reform is barely out of the gate and the Congressional Budget Office already says its previous cost estimate was too low. Either the bill's supporters lied or they're profoundly ignorant. Either way, they are not fit to serve the country, much less rule it, which many of them seem to believe is their divine right. As noted on these pages and elsewhere, government programs always cost far more than their original projections (5/12).

Obama's Rationing Man The American Spectator
While much of Washington is focused on President Obama's Supreme Court pick, Republicans are gearing up for a confirmation battle over another Obama nominee who promises to put health care back in the spotlight. At issue is Obama's choice to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Donald Berwick, a Harvard professor with a self-professed love affair with Britain's socialized health care system. In his writings and speeches, Berwick has defended government rationing and advocated centralized budget caps on health care spending (Philip Klein, 5/13).

Healthy Rx Tulsa World
The Oklahoma Physician Recruitment and Retention Program proposal calls for a restructuring in the way smokeless tobacco is taxed, which in turn would fund a loan repayment program for primary care physicians who agree to practice in medically underserved communities for four years (5/13).

Take Responsibility For Health Care For You, Your Family St. George Daily Spectrum
Too often we sit back and place the blame on another's shoulders, thinking it is their job to fix everything while taking little personal responsibility. Doctors are only as good as the tools they have, and even then critical mistakes are made while diagnosing and treating patients. As a society, we need to learn to be advocates in our own health care management and proceed with caution (Amy Bates, 5/13).

Rescissions: Much Ado About Nothing Kaiser Health News
How many times have you heard President Obama say, "Health insurers won't be able to drop your coverage just because you get sick?" ... You would think that the private health insurance industry was being revolutionized. In fact, it has been illegal since 1997, under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, for insurers to drop coverage because someone gets sick. And even before then, the practice almost never happened (John Goodman, 5/13). 

D.C.'s Medical Marijuana Law Has Problems But Is A Step In The Right Direction The Washington Post
The risk with the District's New Medical Marijuana Law isn't that the city will become another California with hundreds of pot shops and doctors who'll approve it for people feeling just jittery or blue. Instead, the worry is that the statute is so restrictive there won't be enough legal weed to meet demand (Robert McCartney, 5/13).

Obamacare: Impact on Doctors Heritage Foundation
No class of American professionals will be more negatively impacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act than physicians (Robert Moffit, 5/11). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.