KHN Morning Briefing

Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Today’s Opinions And Editorials

Don't Give Up Now The New York Times
Health care reform is too important to throw away, and it is not too late to persuade voters that it is in their interest (1/25).

Doomsayers Take Note: Voters Still Deserve Reform The Boston Globe
If Democrats use the Massachusetts election to abandon health reform, they won't be following the people's mandate - they'll be defying it. And voters will rightly take revenge at the ballot box (1/26).

A Second Wind For Health Care Albany Times Union
Voters elected Mr. Obama in part for his vision of a health care plan that would provide affordable, quality care for all Americans and rein in rising costs. He needs to return to that message, and push Congress to again tackle legislation that does that, and only that (1/26).

The Health Care Divide: Dems That Have, And Dems That Don't Politics Daily
But when it comes to the health care reform bills working their way through Congress, Democrats fall into two distinct camps. Some of us, myself included, are skeptics. ... In the opposite corner, we have the true believers (Donna Trussell, 1/26).

Mayo Clinic Kicks Medicare To The Curb The Washington Times
At the Arizona clinic, a Mayo spokesman told Bloomberg News, Medicare reimbursements covered just 50 percent of the cost of treating elderly primary care patients. Not even the Mayo Clinic can survive like that (Dr. Peter Weiss, 1/26).

Way Forward On Health Care The Philadelphia Inquirer
(Ted) Kennedy believed small steps forward are better than a step backward. Obama should follow in his footsteps (Dr. Stuart H. Shapiro, 1/26).

Health Care Bills Do Promote Healthy Living San Francisco Chronicle
The most far-reaching innovation in the bills is support for "community-based" prevention and health promotion. This refers not to individual choices, but to government policies (Lucy Johns, 1/26). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.