Health care reform -- views from the Editorial Board

  • Updated: March 26, 2012 - 2:09 PM
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In this March 23, 2010 file photo, President Barack Obama signs the Affordable Care Act in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

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The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments this week on the constitutionality of the monumental health care reform legislation championed by  President Obama.

Below are links to editorials and commentaries by the Star Tribune editorial board and editorial writers about various aspect of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as it's known. Obama signed the measure into law on March 23, 2010.

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Editorial: Teamwork needed on health exchange (2012).

Summary: Online site is well underway, but GOP still needs to get involved.

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Editorial: An ill-timed health reform blame game (2011)

Summary: Dayton administration was right to move ahead on exchanges.

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Editorial: Medicare board remains best bet (2011)

Summary: But Obama needs to spell out how it will achieve savings.

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Editorial: Health reform's hidden game-changers (2010)

Summary: Overlooked measures would help rein in health costs.

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Editorial: Rx for health care -- political courage (2010)

Summary: Status quo more frightening than procedural maneuver.

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Editorial: Health reform's fate hangs in balance (2010).

Summary: Senate bill a solid start toward improved coverage, cost control.

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Editorial: No turning back on health reform (2010).

Summary: Senate election a signal to correct course, not abandon effort.

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Editorial: Time to rebrand health care reform (2010).

Summary: Strengthening protections for health care consumers a priority.

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Editorial: Status quo is risky health care strategy (2009).

Summary: Reform opponents don't mention current system's future costs.

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Editorial: 'Death panel' claims, distortions (2009)

Summary: Don't let false claims dominate the health care debate.

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Editorial: A foundation for health reform (2009)

Summary: Time to get serious about payment reform, disparities.

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Editorial: Payment is key in health care reform (2009)

Summary: With an economy heavily dependent on medical care and technology, Minnesota has much at stake in the historic reforms proposed by Congress to overhaul the nation's broken health care system.

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Editorial: Could U.S. board curtail health costs? (2008)

Summary: On Thursday, President-elect Barack Obama named a South Dakotan with ties to Minnesota's Mayo Clinic as his choice to spearhead the nation's long-overdue health care overhaul.

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Jill Burcum: AMA backs health plan mandate (2011).

Summary: A critical but controversial component of the Affordable Care Act  — the requirement that people buy health insurance — got a welcome shot of support this week at the annual meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Jill Burcum: Despite Fox News report, Oberstar still undecided on health reform (2010).

Summary: Oberstar still remains undecided, said Oberstar spokesman John Schad.

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Jill Burcum: Healthcare heavyweights call for reform (2010).

Summary: At times, it’s felt like President Obama is the only one out there trying to resuscitate health care reform after Republican Scott Brown’s Massachusetts Senate victory

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Jill Burcum: So far, health summit highlights differences (2010).

Summary: The intent was to move the stalled health care reform bill forward by finding areas of agreement between Democrats and Republicans.

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Jill Burcum: Health reform -- Is Oberstar part of Supak's pro-life 12?

Summary: Could a small but determined group of pro-life Democratic congressional representatives -- possibly including Minnesota's Jim Oberstar -- scuttle health care reform?

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Jill Burcum: Health care vs. defense? Hard choices lie ahead (2010).

Summary: With a Congressional vote on health care reform looming in the middle of this month, a thoughtful essay in the March 3 New England Journal of Medicine summed up nicely why the status quo really isn't an option:

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Jill Burcum: Voters tired of being reform "losers?" (2010)

Summary: Massachusetts, of course, passed historic health care legislation in 2006 that requires almost everyone to buy health insurance

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Jill Burcum: "Kent Conrad -- 'This (health care bill is ... not the status quo' (2009)

Summary: Kent Conrad, a Democrat, was a member of this select group, the proposals of which are expected to become the blueprint for any reform passed this fall.

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 Jill Burcum: 'Death panel' fears -- Mayo Clinic refutes them (2009).

Summary: It's the respected clinic's statement refuting the death panel idea that is the most valuable contribution to public debate.

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Jill Burcum: Medical device industry fights proposed health reform tax (2009).

Summary: The medical device industry, which has generally stayed out of the headlines when it comes to health care reform so far, is now campaigning hard against a new tax proposed in the influential Senate Finance Committee Bill.

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Jill Burcum: Senators put focus back on payment reform (2009).

Summary:  What should have been front and center in health care reform — overhauling a fee-for-service payment system that rewards quantity not quality — slipped under the radar in this summer’s fracas over death panels and the public option.

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Jill Burcum: Mayo Clinic warms to health care reform proposal (2009).

Summary: The well-known Rochester clinic merited several shout-outs in President Obama's health care pitch to the nation Wednesday night.

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Jill Burcum: Senators put focus back on payment reform (2009).

Summary:  What should have been front and center in health care reform — overhauling a fee-for-service payment system that rewards quantity not quality — slipped under the radar in this summer’s fracas over death panels and the public option.

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