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Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organizations.

A Central Health Law Question: Who Is Getting Covered? Who Is Getting Canceled?

The Associated Press reports that some of the newly insured will now become the faces of healthcare.gov, while The New York Times tells three stories about people who won't be able to keep their coverage.

The Associated Press/Washington Post: Still All Smiles: New Insured Who Became Latest Faces Of Health Overhaul Defend Their Choice
It didn’t take long for the friendly-looking young woman whose face was splashed across HealthCare.gov to spiral from smiling stock photo to laughingstock. As it scrambles to correct problems with the website, the Obama administration is now asking people who have successfully purchased health insurance to let their pictures be used instead (11/1).

The New York Times: When Insurers Drop Policies: Three Stories
Each, in a different way, represents the relatively small part of America that the Obama administration did not talk about while campaigning for the Affordable Care Act: people who have health insurance that they like, but who will be unable to keep it under the law. Now that new insurance marketplaces are opening, insurance companies are canceling millions of individual plans that fail to meet minimum standards. The dropped plans have become the political talking point of the moment — and, according to many Republicans, a symbol of the president’s flawed ambitions (Thomas and Abelson, 10/31).

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