Today’s Op-Eds: Tough Spending Cuts; Plugging The Deficit; Austism MandatesDon't Abandon Health-Care Reform Orlando Sentinel
Republicans who are serious about improving health care for Americans should be looking for ways to fix flaws in the new law, not deep-six it. They could start by reducing its paperwork burden on small businesses, or adding more aggressive cost-cutting steps to reduce its overall price tag (11/15).
The GOP Won't Cut Spending, And That's A Good Thing Aol News
If anything, the persistent sluggish economy calls for increasing spending In the near term and devoting the money to the critical infrastructure, education, innovation and health care challenges that are eroding America's economic competitiveness (Michael Cohen, 11/15).
O.K., You Fix The Budget The New York Times
The government has not yet solved the deficit problem, ... economist William Gale of the Brookings Institution says, because voters have not yet demanded it. They have rewarded politicians who say they are worried about the budget much more than politicians willing to make specific benefit cuts and tax increases (David Leonhardt, 11/13).
Mandate Mistake The Detroit News
Autism is a complex condition and medicine's understanding of it is rapidly changing. A state coverage mandate introduces unknowns into the state insurance market, which is itself in flux because of changing federal law (11/15).
Health Care Takes A Hit In New Commission Plan The Fiscal Times
If new policies are proposed to rein in entitlement spending and reduce the deficit, it seems only reasonable to include the following criterion among others for evaluating proposals: do no harm to the financial security or access to care for elderly and disabled beneficiaries living on low and modest incomes (Drew Altman, 11/12). This is part of the Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.