Latest Morning Briefing Stories

What Were Voters Thinking About When They Went To The Polls?

Exit polls indicate that health care was a top issue for Californians, as well as most other voters around the country. And Democrats’ ability to win back a majority of the U.S. House of Representatives is seen by many as a political reversal of fortunes for the Affordable Care Act.

Marching On A Health Care Platform, Pelosi Mobilizes A New Majority In The House

“When it comes to health care, all politics is personal,” Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said of her decision to focus on the issue. In many of the most hotly contested House districts in this year midterms, health care was cited as the top issue for many voters, and the issue most likely to come up in campaign ads.

Democrats Take The House While GOP Builds On Senate Majority. What’s Next?

Medicare, Medicaid, preexisting conditions, high prescription drug costs: These buzz words are not likely to go away once the election-day dust settles. But what are the chances that the two chambers can find a common path forward. News outlets examine whether anything can get done in the wake of this split decision.

California Makes Gains Insuring More Racial, Ethnic Groups Over Past Five Years

Analysts credit the improved coverage rates to the state’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Latinos are the only group that still shows a significant disparity to other ethnic groups. And, now that the health law marketplaces are open for business, news outlets detail what’s different this year and offer consumers advice.

What Will It Mean For Pharma If Pelosi-Led Democrats Take The House?

The pharmaceutical industry is bracing for what may come if Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) takes over leadership. “Democrats have made real action to lower prescription drug prices central” to the party’s campaign strategy. “It will be one of our first legislative priorities in the majority,” she tells Stat. And more news is reported on California’s propositions 4 and 1.