KHN Morning Briefing

Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations.

A Selection Of Today’s Opinions And Editorials

Can We Afford It? The New York Times
We understand why Americans may be skittish, but the argument is at best disingenuous and at worst a flat misrepresentation. Over the next two decades, the pending bills would actually reduce deficits by a small amount and reforms in how medical care is delivered and paid for - begun now on a small scale - could significantly reduce future deficits (12/12).

We Need Long-Term Care Option The Richmond Times-Dispatch
Late last week, the Senate barely defeated an effort by powerful special interests to remove the CLASS (Community Living Assistance Services and Supports) Act from the final health reform bill. Even as industry works behind the scenes and negotiations on the bill continue, this important provision should remain (James Firman, 12/12).

Buying Into Medicare At 55? Idea Merits A Checkup USA Today
Details are sketchy. Providers are opposed. But it might make sense (12/14).

A Savings Mirage On Health Care Spending The Washington Post
Greater demand will press on limited supply; prices will increase. The best policy: Control spending first, then expand coverage (Robert Samuelson, 12/14).

Common Sense Has Left the Building Roll Call
The American people don't like the partisan bills that Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are selling. And the American people can't afford these bills, either (Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., 12/14).

Why $75-A-Day Matters To Caregivers Kaiser Health News
When it comes to the CLASS Act, there is plenty to fight about. But I've met an awful lot of families whose lives would be made profoundly better by that $75-a-day (Howard Gleckman, 12/14).

Soaring Health Care Costs Hit Basic Services The San Francisco Chronicle
As the raucous health care debate plays out in Washington, I have become increasingly aware of how skyrocketing health care costs touch us all, and in ways you might not expect (Joel B. Young, 12/13). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.