In the morning news

Los Angeles Times: A friendly town among the hills

Line Vreven, director of international affairs at AARP, the Washington-based advocacy group for the 39 million Americans ages 50 or older, noted that Panama recently reduced the length of tourist visas to 30 days from 60 days, making shopping for a house more complicated and pressure-packed for newcomers.

Washington Examiner: Power Profile: Bill Novelli: Former ad man unites AARP’s 38 million members in pursuit of retirement security

Novelli walks a tightrope in many aspects of his job. He has managed to bring together organizations as diametrically dissimilar as the Business Roundtable and the Service Employees International Union, persuading them to join with AARP in an alliance called Divided We Fail that pushes for affordable health care and long-term financial security.

New York Times: Health Plan Used by U.S. Is Debated as a Model

While health policy experts acknowledge that the federal employees’ program could be a workable way to reach some of the uninsured, they also say there is nothing about it that would help address what they see as an underlying reason for the growing numbers of uninsured: the nation’s runaway medical costs. And without major changes, they say, the model would be sharply limited in achieving the goal of universal coverage for all Americans.

Washington Post: Leavitt’s Healthy Vision

Leavitt, who on this occasion said not a word about the SCHIP veto override attempt then looming before Congress, instead described what he and his colleagues are doing to prepare for the coming revolution in health care in this country. It is a story that, while less publicized than the SCHIP fight, holds promise of a better day not just for children but for all Americans.