KHN Morning Briefing

Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Today’s Selection Of Opinions And Editorials

Connect Students To Health Care The Boston Globe 
Massachusetts college students are not allowed to get health coverage through the state Connector Authority's program of subsidized Commonwealth Care (11/10).

A Word, Mr. President The New York Times
If I were a close adviser of President Obama's, I would say to him, "Mr. President, you have two urgent and overwhelming tasks in front of you: to put Americans trapped in this terrible employment crisis back to work and to put the brakes on your potentially disastrous plan to escalate the war in Afghanistan" (Bob Herbert, 11/9).

Sick Day, Sick Pay The Chicago Tribune
Got your H1N1 flu shot yet? Chances are the answer is no. There's a mad scramble for flu shots, which are in short supply across the country. Many doctors and health departments complain they can't get enough -- or any (11/10).

The Anti-Choice The Baltimore Sun
House Democrats ought to be embarrassed by the anti-abortion amendment grafted over the weekend to their landmark health care legislation (11/10).

The Man Who Made Pelosi Cry "Uncle" The Wall Street Journal
Not many folks in Washington have made Nancy Pelosi cry "uncle." Bart Stupak is one of the few. For months, the Michigan Democrat has been threatening to bring down any health-care bill unless the House was given the opportunity to vote to extend the ban on taxpayer dollars for abortion to the new federal programs being created. On Saturday night, Mrs. Pelosi caved and Mr. Stupak prevailed (William McGurn, 11/10).

Are Higher Co-Pays The Answer To Controlling Medical Costs? The Atlanta Journal Constitution
The most important way to control the rising cost of health care is to reduce utilization (E. Noel Preston, 11/9).

Hope And Health News & Observer
Do those United States senators who have pronounced the health care reform package approved by the House as "dead on arrival" in the Senate, as one of them put it, really want their legacy on this issue to be that they stopped it? (11/10). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.