Headlines: August 18, 2009
by Ted Hutchinson, Publications Director
Since I last posted a “Ted-Lines” column, the big news has been President Obama’s announced willingness to move away from a government-run component of health care reform. This announcement has effectively been a game-changer, and likely means that there will be NO government run option. There has been a lot of fallout from the announcement: here is just a sampling.
This article from the Associate press describes just how riled the left is by the President’s announcement, while this article from the New York Times discusses the wider effects of the policy change and how it effectively muddies the waters for the next few weeks as policy-makers try to come up with a viable plan.
Here are two editorials which have distinctly different points of view regarding the change: Bob Herbert in the New York Times is deeply disappointed by the announcement, while this piece in the Los Angeles Times sees hope for meaningful reform in the President’s concession.
Finally, from Boston, here is a related article on Maine’s much-respected Senator Snowe, and how through the force of her admirable personality, the tone of the debate about health care is very different in Maine than it is in the rest of the country.
As always, I also want to remind readers that I am always looking for interesting headlines related to Law, Medicine, and Ethics. If you have a tip, please feel free to leave it in the comment section or email me at email@example.com.
Hope you all have a good day!