KHN Morning Briefing

Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations.

Today’s Editorials And Opinions

The Dime Standard The New York Times
Barack Obama delivered the finest speech of his presidency. … Which is not to say that this is effective health reform (David Brooks, 9/10).

Reform Behavior, Too The Baltimore Sun
[O]ur biggest policy problem is not inadequate health insurance; it's that Americans don't know enough about their own health or how to be responsible for it (John Michael O'Brien, 9/11).

Health, Personal Responsibility Aren't So Simple The Chicago Tribune
Even the lucky and the responsible are held hostage by forces beyond our control: Genetic predispositions. Stuff in the ground and air. A government-supported agribusiness system that promotes cheap, unhealthful food (Mary Schmich, 9/11).

Want A Euro-Style Health Care System? Think Again The Terre Haute Tribune-Star
America's health care system has its problems. But they are most often the result of existing government interventions. The answer is not to add to those interventions (Arthur Foulkes, 9/10).

Single-Payer: Dead In Washington, But Alive In The States The Christian Science Monitor
Given the corporate world's disproportionate influence over Washington, it is time to take the fight for public healthcare away from Congress and into statehouses across the country (Michael Corcoran, 9/10).

Medicare Is No Model For Health Reform Wall Street Journal
Did the government really get Medicare right? Here are the top 10 reasons this program should not be a model for reform (Grace-Marie Turner and Joseph Antos, 9/11).

A Clear Responsibility The New York Times
In the moving peroration of his speech to Congress Wednesday night, President Obama cast health care reform as a moral issue that reflects on the character of our country (9/10).
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