KHN Morning Briefing

Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations.

Today’s Editorials and Opinions

The Health Care Grail The Wall Street Journal
Now, at one level the intimation that anyone who questions the president must be a liar probably reflects frustration with the legislative outlook for health-care reform. Nevertheless, it is highly unpresidential. And it suggests that the president and his allies see disagreement over health care as less a political dispute than the trampling of sacred doctrine (8/10).

Dingell: Reform Health Care Based On Facts The Detroit News
I strongly believe the vast majority of the people in that room had legitimate concerns and questions. Sadly, they were denied the opportunity because some refused to let others speak and were only there to disrupt (Dingell, 8/11).

'Un-American' Attacks Can't Derail Health Care Debate USA Today 
From President Lyndon Johnson to President Bill Clinton, to President Obama's winning campaign on the promise of reform, there hasn't been a more debated domestic issue than the promise of affordable health care for all (Pelosi and Hoyer, 8/10).

Health Reform Should Also Focus On Quality Of Care - For Everyone The Kansas City Star
Several factors contribute to diseases being underdiagnosed and undertreated among minority groups. Those include cultural barriers, low rates of health insurance and limited access to culturally relevant care (Penn, 8/10).

Behind The Rage, A Cold Reality The Washington Post
Red-faced retirees are railing against "government-run" health care and "socialized medicine" - with Medicare cards tucked in their wallets (Robinson, 8/11).

Over The Top And Beneath Contempt Politico
The purpose of rabid response is to scorch the earth, to raise the stakes, to go nuclear in the hope that your opponent will be so shellshocked he can make no response at all (Simon, 8/11).

Universal Health Care The Charleston Gazette
Congress will vote soon on this crucial landmark. We hope every West Virginia member stands on the side of history-making reform (8/10).

Must Health Require Wealth? The Hartford Courant
Citizens, this is not a health-care system. It's Darwinism on a large stage. The strongest - or better-heeled - survive. Those with fewer resources are filtered out (Campbell, 8/11).

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