Commentators examine a number of issues related to the federal health law.
USA Today: Santorum: My Plan Offers A Better Way Than ObamaRomneyCare
As the Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of the individual mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, we Americans need to remember that we have the freedom to make choices for ourselves. We, not our government, choose the food to eat, the clothes to wear, the ideas to believe. "ObamaCare" is the opposite of freedom. Under ObamaCare, the government, not the individual, has freedom. We can do better (Rick Santorum, 4/1).
The Wall Street Journal: When The Archbishop Met The President
The president of the U.S. Conference of Bishops is careful to show due respect for the president of the United States. "I was deeply honored that he would call me and discuss these things with me," says the newly elevated Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York. But when Archbishop Dolan tells me his account of their discussions of the ObamaCare birth-control mandate, Barack Obama sounds imperious and deceitful to me (James Taranto, 3/31).
Denver Post: The Truth About Unintended Pregnancy
While the national debate over birth control ... continues, an important element of the story is being neglected -; the truth about the consequences of unintended pregnancies in Colorado, including on the parents, the children and on taxpayers. Unintended pregnancy stretches the state budget, costing Medicaid in Colorado more than $160 million annually. Research shows that investing in planning and prevention saves money. For every public dollar invested in family planning, nearly four dollars are saved in unintended pregnancy costs (Judith C. Shlay, 4/1).
The Wall Street Journal: Rise Of The Medical Expertocracy
As the health-care debate heats up again in Washington, both Democrats and Republicans will try to convince us that they have the experts to answer all our health questions. President Barack Obama and the Democrats propose panels of government experts to evaluate treatments and, in the president's words, "Figure out what works and what doesn't." Republicans claim that the free market (that is, insurance companies with their own experts) will pay for value and empower consumers. Both sides insist that no one will come between us and our doctors. Democrats and Republicans share a fundamental misconception about medical care (Pamela Hartzband and Jerome Groopman, 3/31).
Des Moines Register: Health Care Bills Can Make You Sick
Every one of my neighbors likely has a different health insurance plan. It might be Medicare or Medicaid or one of the thousands of different plans offered by hundreds of private insurers. Navigating all this requires scores of workers behind the scenes in health care. ... As The Des Moines Register's editorial page staff has argued for years, a single-payer health care system would streamline this process and save money. There could be one insurer, one set of rules for billing and less money being dedicated to paperwork. That is money that could be used for care (Andie Dominick, 3/31).
McClatchy / The Myrtle Beach Sun: Health Care, Finite Resources And Endless Problems
The biggest story in the health care debate this week had nothing to do with three days of historic debate at the Supreme Court and everything to do with the failing heart of a 71-year-old man whose fans believe is an American hero and detractors think is Darth Vader, sans the personality. Former vice president Dick Cheney received a new heart this past weekend in a Northern Virginia hospital. … Because of Cheney's age and well-documented heart problems, questions have been raised about who should be given priority for organ donations. … That question goes to the heart of the debate over health care reform (Issac J.Bailey, 4/1).
The Baltimore Sun: Many Oppose Health Care Act, And Many Don't Know Its Benefits
The fate of the Affordable Care Act is in the hands of the Supreme Court justices. But in the court of public opinion, a large percentage of people polled recently want the law scrapped. A CBS/New York Times survey found nearly half of those polled disapprove of the law, while 40 percent want the entire act overturned. Rasmussen Reports says 56 percent of people surveyed want the act repealed. And the Kaiser Family Foundation found that nearly six out of 10 people don't even know how health care reform affects them -; though that didn't stop many of them from disliking it (Eileen Ambrose, 4/1).