KHN Morning Briefing

Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations.

A Selection Of Today’s Opinions And Editorials

Doctors, Patients, And The Need For Health Care Reform New England Journal Of Medicine
"In nearly a century of effort, this country has never been as close as we are today to bringing true stability and security to our health care system. We must seize this opportunity on behalf of the millions of people throughout the country for whom this system is no longer working" (Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., 10/21).

National Health Reform Can Work For Florida The St. Petersburg Times
"The debate over the details continues to boil over in Washington. But here in Tampa Bay, we must understand the difference national health reform stands to make for the quality of care we rightfully expect and are able to provide in our local community" (Sue G. Brody, 10/22).

Raising The Debt Ceiling The Washington Post
"Within the next few weeks, probably as soon as the votes on health-care reform have been taken, the Senate faces the painful duty of once again raising the statutory limit on the national debt, as the House already has done" (David S. Broder, 10/23).

American Can Have No Life, Liberty Or Happiness Without Health Care The Atlanta Journal Constitution
"If we have a right to be defended against extremists who attack us, if we have a right to a court system to bring us justice, if we have a right to fire protection, police protection, a public education, a stable financial system and unemployment protection, don't we have a right to heath care?" (Robin Miller, 10/21)

Health care isn't a defined right; Congress lacks explicit authority The Atlanta Journal Constitution
"If we have a right to be defended against extremists who attack us, if we have a right to a court system to bring us justice, if we have a right to fire protection, police protection, a public education, a stable financial system and unemployment protection, don't we have a right to heath care?" (Robin Miller, 10/21)

Attacking Dartmouth Atlas Is Off-Target Kaiser Health News
"Their central message has been absorbed by health care policy wonks and many of the members of Congress who are involved in crafting health reform legislation: Our health care system delivers a huge amount of unnecessary care, maybe as much as 20 to 30 percent of every health care dollar" (Shannon Brownlee, 10/22).

A Mother's Journey For Reform The Boston Globe 
"Cancer patients should never have to fight for their health care while they are fighting for their lives. Unfortunately, my daughter, Michelle, faced that predicament when she was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer in December 2003, one week shy of her 21st birthday" (AnnMarie Morse, 10/22).

Temporary Beltway Sanity The Wall Street Journal
"The doctor fix blows up in the Senate, no thanks to the AMA" (10/22).

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