Washington Health Policy Week in Review

Washington Health Policy Week in Review is a weekly newsletter that offers selected stories from the daily newsletter CQ HealthBeat.

Percentage of Uninsured Children Declines, But Adults on an Upswing

The percentage of children lacking health insurance declined in 2008 due to increasing enrollment in public programs and hit its lowest rate since comparable data first was collected in 1987, the U.S. Census Bureau reported. However, the relatively good news about children was offset by the estimates for adults.

Emotions Still Swirling on Capitol Hill Day After the Obama Speech
Bipartisanship—to the extent the word has any place in the health overhaul debate—was hanging on by a thread thanks to a case of perfect attendance at a morning session by the "Gang of Six" Senate Finance Committee bipartisan negotiators. But if the health overhaul speech by President Obama psyched Democrats up to get health care done this year, Republicans were in a sour and combative mood.
Reid Says Senate Democrats Will Unite to Move Health Care Bill

Majority Leader Harry Reid expressed confidence that Senate Democrats would unite and pass a health-care overhaul by Thanksgiving, with the support of at least "a few" Republicans.

The Chance of a Lifetime Arrives for Tom Harkin

At 69, and after a quarter-century of service in the U.S. Senate, Tom Harkin of Iowa has landed his dream job. Harkin became the successor to the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts at the helm of one of the two chief Senate panels steering health care policy.

'Gang of Six' Hopes to Finish Draft
A health care overhaul appears to be regaining momentum as the Senate Finance Committee enters the final stages of its efforts to write a bill that can pass the chamber.
Clinton-Era Health Fight Veterans Hold Out Hope for Overhaul

The environment for major change in the health care system may be even tougher than when President Clinton's attempt failed in the 1990s, but a panel of experts assembled at the American Enterprise Institute held out hope that the outcome still may be different.