Today's Opinions And Editorials

Comparative Effectiveness And Health Care Spending — Implications The New England Journal Of Medicine
If we can induce hospitals and health plans to improve efficiency and not just cut costs, then health costs in the United States will come down and outcomes will improve (Milton Weinstein and Jonathan Skinner, 1/6).

'Shadow Elite' Explains Why Washington No Longer Works Chicago Tribune
The shadow elite clearly knew that the months and months of so-called debate over the issue was nothing more than a charade — the ultimate outcome never in doubt (Arianna Huffington, 1/6).

Health Negotiations Must Be Transparent The Dallas Morning News
Instead, Democratic leaders intend to go underground, meaning the public won't be able to follow the final negotiations between the House and Senate. That decision couldn't be more wrong-headed, not to mention (take your pick) arrogant, elitist, autocratic, defensive and politically paranoid (1/6).

Health Care's Biggest Hypocrite — Or Hero The New York Times
One of the most prominent supporters of the main ideas behind the health care plan passed by the Democratic Senate is a top Republican prospect for president in 2012 — Mitt Romney (Timothy Egan, 1/6).

Why Drug 'Reimportation' Won't Die The Wall Street Journal
As a threat to our nation's security, allowing imported drugs into our pharmacies ranks just below terrorism (Gilbert Ross, 1/6).

Plenty Of Problems With Medicaid The (Columbia, S.C.) State/McClatchy
The main problem is that Medicaid remains a combination state-federal program, rather than a fully federal program like Medicare (Cindi Ross Scoppe, 1/7).

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