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Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Today’s Opinions And Editorials

What If Health Care Reform Doesn't Pass? The Kansas City Star
If Congress drops the health care ball now that it's become a hot potato, nothing will get done. And the nation will be much the worse for it (Barb Shelley, 1/18).

What Does It Mean To 'Start Over' In Healthcare Reform? Los Angeles Times
In sum, it's hard to obtain the improvements in the system that seemingly everyone wants without a comprehensive (and costly) effort that includes healthcare delivery and reimbursement reforms, an insurance mandate, and new pools and subsidies for individual buyers. Otherwise, you're either tinkering around the edges or creating powerful and destructive new incentives to game the system (Jon Healey, 1/18).

How Does U.S. Long-Term Care Stack Up Against The Rest Of The World? Kaiser Health News
There are two important lessons from the European experience. First, while an insurance-based system is vastly better than one that requires people to impoverish themselves before they can get help, it is not easy to implement. Second, the U.K is no model for reform (Howard Gleckman, 1/19). 

Why ObamaCare Will Raise Your Bill Forbes
If you've got health insurance, get ready for higher premiums to pay for the health care bill (David Whelan, 1/18).

Health Care Bill Is A Frankenstein's Monster San Francisco Chronicle
Obamaland's continual deal-cutting to deliver a bill -- any bill -- surely will kill the beast (Debra J. Saunders, 1/19). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.