KHN Morning Briefing

Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Today’s Opinions: Challenging Health Law Critics’ Words; The Case For Calif. Health Exchange; Holes In The GOP Pledge

Health Insurers Finally Get Some Oversight The Wall Street Journal
If critics really want to go back to the days when insurance companies ran wild with no accountability, they should have the courage to say so openly instead of hiding behind distracting attacks. In the meantime, we're going to keep standing up for American families and small business owners who deserve a system that works for them (Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, 9/28). 

Why Governor Should Sign Bills Setting Up Health Care Exchange San Jose Mercury News
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is deciding whether to sign legislation that would create the "California Health Benefit Exchange," a key piece of federal health care reform. … A clear-eyed account of the facts about the exchange shows it to be the exact kind of moderate solution that the governor has pushed for throughout his tenure, one that combines a concern for the public good with the power of the private market (Micah Weinberg, 9/27).

Realistic Cuts To Federal Budget Needed The Aurora Sentinel
As to repealing the health-care reform bill, unless they're able to create a replacement, Republicans would create an even worse situation for Americans at the end of their ropes already (9/26).

The Caritas Sale - With Conditions The Boston Globe
Attorney General Martha Coakley is considering whether to recommend approval of the acquisition of the Caritas Christi Health Care System by Cerberus Capital Partners, and there is an orchestrated effort to get her to move quickly to rubber-stamp the deal. But Coakley should carefully consider all the ramifications of this decision because her approval, without appropriate conditions, could severely limit access to quality health care for hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts residents (James M. Shannon, 9/28). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.