A Selection Of Opinions And Editorials
Why The Health Care Rush? - The Wall Street Journal
Democrats are trying to rush the largest entitlement expansion since LBJ into law with a truncated debate and as little public scrutiny as possible (Review & Outlook, 6/3).
Health Reform Will Help Young People Avoid Brushes With The Law - The Seattle Times
Youth crime and access to health care and mental-health treatment are intertwined, argue the police chiefs of Renton, Auburn and Burien. They make a case for reform that will help young people stay out of trouble (Kevin Milosevich, Scott Kimerer, and James Kelly, 6/2).
Private Insurers Face Stacked Deck Orange County Register
A "public option" would simply shift health care costs to private payers and undermine and erode the private insurance system in the process (Sam Smith, 6/2).
Health Care Reform Must Include A Public Plan The San Francisco Chronicle
A public option doesn't mean the health insurance industry will disappear. But this industry needs a shakeup - the shakeup of competition (Lucy Johns, 6/3).
Health Care Overhaul in All Its Theory CQ Politics
Has trying to follow the attempted health care overhaul made you crazy yet? Feel like you need an hour or two of therapy to avoid paranoia? That's certainly understandable, but before you reach for the phone to make an appointment with your favorite psychologist - stop! (John Edgell, 6/3).
A Healthy Tax The New York Times
The problem with obesity has become so overpowering in America that no single remedy guarantees a solution. But a proposal now being considered by some in Congress to tax drinks loaded with sugar would certainly help (Editorial, 6/3).
FDA's Secret Files The New York Times
The Food and Drug Administration has created a task force to recommend ways to reveal more information about how the agency makes decisions about the safety and efficacy of drugs and medical devices. Any move in the direction of greater transparency is bound to help both patients and their doctors better understand the risks and benefits they face (Editorial, 6/3).