KHN Morning Briefing

Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations

Today’s OpEds: Concerns About Reform; Relieving Businesses’ Burden; The Health System Arrogance

MassCare Is Lesson For U.S. In Wake Of Health Care Bill Fort Worth Business Press
It has been said, the mark of intelligence is learning from your own mistakes and the mark of genius is learning from other people's mistakes. Did Congress apply "intelligence or genius" and learn from Massachusetts when they created ObamaCare? Sadly, the answer appears to be no – ObamaCare is MassCare with $500 billion in Medicare cuts and a significant number of new taxes – and that's really disappointing (Mark S. Gaunya, 5/31).

Health Care Reform Promises Us Better Days For America's Future Kansas City Star
As any businessperson will tell you, health care costs have been a growing burden for years. Far from adding to this burden, the Affordable Care Act takes the most aggressive steps in years to help firms provide health coverage for their workers - something employers tell me is crucial for them to recruit and retain the best workers and be more competitive in the global market (Kathleen Sebelius, 5/31).

What Really Ails American Health Care The Boston Globe
Our health care system has produced phenomenal achievements, discoveries, and cures. It would be hard not to let that go to our heads. And we have. As a hospital executive, I have noticed this attitude across the health care industry – in those who deliver it, those who teach it, even those who consume it. And though health care reform is now law, we will not see transformational change until we address this collective arrogance that infects our system (Douglas S. Brown, 5/30).

Justice Department Declares War On Doctors The Christian Science Monitor
As I've long suspected, "health care reform" has emboldened the Justice Department to take a more active role in enforcing government price controls against physicians (S.M. Oliva, 5/31).

The Case Grows Stronger For Repealing Health Care Reform San Francisco Examiner
A steady stream of revelations of previously undiscovered horrors buried in the bowels of Obamacare appears to have more than negated any gains the administration might otherwise have made (Jeffrey H. Anderson, 6/1).

More Help, Prevention Needed Wisconsin State Journal
Like an untreated cavity that continues to ache, Wisconsin's system of dental care for poor families isn't getting much better (6/1). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.