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

Let’s Keep Government Out of Health-care Decisions – Long Beach Press-Telegram

“There are many reasons health care is as expensive as it is, including the advance of science and technology. But the absence of a competitive marketplace, overwhelming government regulations and uncompensated mandates are also central to the problem” (Dr. Marcy Zwelling-Aamot, 5/26).

Health Reform: We Need Details, President Obama – U.S. News and World Report

One thing that's clear from the political winds blowing at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue is that the perceived secret to getting health reform done is to keep the details away from pesky critics until it's almost too late to say no" (Bernadine Healy, 5/26).

Canada’s Healthcare Saved Her; Ours Won’t Cover Her — Los Angeles Times

“(Maggie) Yount, 24, finds herself in that cloudy area in which a ‘preexisting condition’ makes her too great a risk in the eyes of money-minded insurance companies. And so she's being excluded from the system” (David Lazarus, 5/27).

Insuring Immigrants Could Cut Cost of Care for All — Dallas Morning News

“Immigration and health care are political Everests" (Jim Landers, 5/27).

Democrats Should Reform Medicare, Not Universalize It — Picayune Item

As several studies show, if health reform includes a ‘public’ insurance plan to ‘compete’ with private insurance, it will mean the end of private insurance in America — all at once or gradually, depending on the design” (Morton Kondracke, 5/26).           

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