KHN Morning Briefing

Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations.

Today’s Opinions And Editorials

Not Enough To Bend The 'Curve' The Washington Post
The tax I proposed - and the one most economists favor - would force employees to treat as income the value of health-care benefits they receive from their employer (Fred Hiatt, 10/27).

The Tyranny Of The Health Care Overhaul The Napa Valley (Calif.) Register
But for some reason Washington wants us to have this revamp we're not asking for. I'm becoming less fond of salesmen every day (Rick Protz, 10/28).

The WellPoint Revolution The Wall Street Journal
In all of the 14 states WellPoint scrutinized, ObamaCare would drive up premiums for the small businesses and individuals who are most of WellPoint's customers (10/28).

Medicare Fraud For all? The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier
We shouldn't have to wait for an overall health care overhaul to crack down on Medicare fraud (10/28).

Our View On Disability: Long-Term Care Gets Short Shrift In Health Debate USA Today
Whatever the approach, there can be little dispute that long-term care deserves as much attention as the "public option" or other flashpoints (10/28).

The Public Plan, Circa 2030 The Dallas Morning News
If we could create a public option that is self-sustaining over decades, I'd be for it. But our experience with entitlements suggests this public plan almost surely will go beyond its means (William McKenzie, 10/27).

Model Health Care Reform On Medicare Part D The San Jose Mercury News
A new insurance program modeled on Part D could unleash competitive forces that have already proven to drive down costs and expand coverage (Peter Pitts, 10/27). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.