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Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations.

Today’s Opinions And Editorials

Once Obama's Target, Lobbyist Tauzin Now His Pet The Washington Examiner
The White House's open door for [Billy Tauzin, the top lobbyist for the prescription drug industry], whom candidate Obama attacked as the embodiment of the revolving door and the corrupt collusion between politicians and industry, further dismantles the myth of Obama as the scourge of special interests (Timothy P. Carney, 1/6).

The Tom DeLay Democrats The Wall Street Journal
Against the odds Democrats are making the former GOP Majority Leader look better by comparison as they bypass the ordinary institutions of deliberative democracy in the final sprint to pass ObamaCare (1/6).

The Myth Of 'Cadillac Care' Fortune
Can you tell a Chevy Malibu from a Cadillac Escalade? I'm sure you can, but I've got doubts about the 60 Senators in Washington who want to impose a stiff excise tax on what they call "Cadillac Care" health plans to raise revenue and reduce health spending (Allan Sloan, 1/5).

Medicare And The Mayo Clinic The Boston Globe
On the White House website, you can find more than a dozen examples of Obama's esteem. So perhaps the president will give some thought to the clinic's recent decision to stop accepting Medicare payments at its primary care facility in Glendale, Ariz (Jeff Jacoby, 1/6).

ObamaCare vs. The Constitution The New York Post
The Constitution gives Congress power to tax and spend for the general welfare, but not to make other kinds of laws for the general welfare (Betsy McCaughey, 1/6).

The Public Is Right About The Public Option The San Francisco Chronicle
Poll after poll shows that Americans want to be able to choose a public insurance plan, and for good reason. It would be tragic to lose this pillar of health care reform to cynical inside-the-Beltway political horse trading (Ellen Shaffer, 1/6). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.