A lot of news on the federal health reform front today. The biggest is the announcement, in the form of a meeting with President Obama and letter from key health industry leaders, including organizations representing insurers, drug companies, hospital, device manufacturers, doctors, and health workers, to commit to $2 trillion in health care savings over the next 10 years.
The New York Times and Los Angeles Times have their write-ups. The range of opinion of the blogs ranges widely, from Time’s Karen Tumulty to Joe Paduda of Managed Care Matters to Ezra Klein at The American Prospect to New York Times’ Paul Krugman to The Treatment’s Jonathan Cohn to Marc Ambinder at The Atlantic and Change.org’s Tim Foley.
I’ll add my two cents later. The details are not fully fleshed out, but the importance of the announcement today is more political than policy: that the federal health reform discussion is now more serious than it was before.