Editorials and Opinons

A selection of view points expressed by news organizations around the nation.

 

Time to Reconsider Long-Term Care Plan - Washington Times   

[Long Term Care insurance] is on a lot of people's minds these days, because the program offered to active and retired civil servants (and in some cases, their parents) is about to change. (Mike Causey, 5/25)

What About Long-Term Care? – USA Today

Today, as Congress debates the biggest changes in health care policy since the 1960s, it has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to remake the way we deliver and pay for long-term care. (Howard Gleckman, 5/26)

Health Insurers Must Halt Gender Rating – Sacramento Bee

If you are a woman without employer-provided health insurance, or do not qualify for a public program, your only option is the individual insurance market, a market where insurers are free to charge women more than men for comparable coverage. (Philip Diamond, 5/26)

Gay Rights: Benefits for Federal Workers Next Logical Step – Seattle Times

Americans are ready, or should be, for a fair-minded adjustment of federal policy. Recognizing domestic partners by providing health and other benefits would be a timely skip forward on the continuum of change. (Editorial, 5/26)

A 'Crisis' America Needs Washington Post

It's increasingly obvious that Congress and the president (regardless of the party in power) will deal with the political stink bomb of an aging society only if forced. And the most plausible means of compulsion would be for Social Security and Medicare to go bankrupt. (Robert Samuelson, 5/25)

Stop the Abuse – Miami Herald

Taxpayers pay an estimated $60 billion a year for scam artists to get rich off the nation's healthcare programs for the elderly, disabled or poor, with South Florida at the epicenter of fraud. (Editorial, 5/24)

Legislative Crackdown for Medicare, Medicaid Fraud – Orlando Sun-Sentinel

With Congress considering proposals to extend coverage to millions more at a cost to taxpayers of at least $1.2 trillion over the next decade, it's more crucial than ever to crack down on cheating. (Editorial, 5/24)

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