Modern Healthcare - - OPINIONS EDITORIALS -

“Health­care spend­ing in the United States in­creased at the slow­est rate in half a cen­tury in 2009 and 2010. … The hitch: The main fac­tor was the re­ces­sion that left mil­lions of Amer­i­cans un­em­ployed, unin­sured, short of in­come and un­able or un­will­ing to spend money on health­care. Op­ti­mists hope that most of the de­creased spend­ing came about by elim­i­nat­ing care that was not re­ally med­i­cally nec­es­sary. Pes­simists fear that many low­in­come peo­ple are for­go­ing care they need, in­creas­ing the like­li­hood that they will even­tu­ally be­come sicker and re­quire costly hos­pi­tal­iza­tion.” — New York Times

“If some peo­ple had their way, the U.S. Supreme Court would de­cide a case chal­leng­ing the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity of the new health­care law with just seven of the nine jus­tices par­tic­i­pat­ing. ... Par­ti­sans on both sides are count­ing noses on the court. ... Two jus­tices—elena Kagan and Clarence Thomas—have been called upon to vol­un­tar­ily re­cuse them­selves in the health­care case, mean­ing they would not par­tic­i­pate in the ar­gu­ments or a de­ci­sion be­cause they are said to have eth­i­cal con­flicts. … Nei­ther Kagan nor Thomas has in­di­cated they will sit out the health­care case, nor should they.” —Des Moines (Iowa) Reg­is­ter

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