1. Harvard Law Professor Jack Goldsmith was the head of the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice during part of the Bush Administration. He was not the head of any "council."
2. In using shorthand to describe Sen. Jay Rockefeller's version of a government-run health care plan, I may have given it short shrift and conflated two important elements. The Rockefeller public plan would follow the same guidelines that private plans in the health exchange follow. A new health trust would be set out outside the exchange, staffed by experts chosen by the Government Accountability Office. The trust would, according to Rockefeller's office, conduct surveys, review claims data, and rate plans on administrative expenditures, affordability, adequacy of coverage, consumer claims processing (including timeliness), consumer complaint systems, grievance and appeals processes, transparency and customer satisfaction. The ratings would be as simple as possible, with letter grades (A, B, C, D and F). All the information would be available online, on the same sites where people would choose their insurer.
3. I referred repeatedly to the State Children's Health Insurance Program as S-CHIP. In fact, the name has been changed and the "S" has been dropped. Legally, it's now CHIP -- the Children's Health Insurance Program.
4. In writing about the six conservatives and Republicans who get respectful attention from the White House, many of you wondered why I omitted Sen. Tom Coburn, who regularly discusses health care and spending matters with administration officials. They're right; I should have added Dr. Coburn to the second-tier list of folks.
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