KHN Morning Briefing

Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Today’s Opinions And Editorials

The Health Care Letdown The New York Times
What's more, the core of the Senate's legislation closely resembles the very bill the Republicans offered in 1993 as an alternative to the Clinton plan. This makes clear that bipartisan reform was achievable, and indicts Congress for its failure to realize that goal with broad public support (William Pewen, 3/15).

Memo To Congress On Health Care Reform: Fix Medicare First The Hill
Congress is merely kicking the can down the road, ignoring a solution to appropriately reimburse physician providers for their services to Medicare beneficiaries (Dr. Patrick Cobb, 3/15).

Blog Watch: Kicking Off A Busy Week Kaiser Health News
The week opened with bloggers critiquing the Democrats' strategy to pass a health overhaul bill sometime this week (Kate Steadman, 3/15).

Health Reform Vote Deserves A Reasonable Process The Washington Post
But what is intended as a final sprint threatens to turn into something unseemly and, more important, contrary to Democrats' promises of transparency and time for deliberation (3/16).

'The Only Sensible Choice' USA Today
For Americans who support these goals - reducing health care costs, increasing choice and competition, preventing insurance abuses, and covering more than 30 million uninsured Americans - the only sensible choice is to support the president's plan, too (Kathleen Sebelius, 3/16).

Heed The Lessons Of 1994 The Christian Science Monitor
Today's Republican battle plan is exactly the same as it was sixteen years ago. In fact, it's been the same since President Obama assumed office. They never were serious about compromise. They were serious only about regaining power (Robert Reich, 3/15).

Hold Your Washington Lawmakers Accountable The Des Moines Register
Such changes are necessary. Such changes save lives. And it's not too late for Iowa's entire delegation to stand up for reform (3/16).

Obamacare And The 'Buzzsaw' Of Opposition The Wall Street Journal
This bill is so toxic that House Democrats are concocting a scheme by which they would pass it but spare themselves the embarrassment of actually voting for it (Rep. John Boehner and Sen. Mitch McConnell, 3/16).

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