The Note's Must-Reads for Friday, November 8, 2013

The Note's Must-Reads are a round-up of today's political headlines and stories from ABC News and the top U.S. newspapers. Posted Monday through Friday right here at

Compiled by ABC News' Jayce Henderson, Amanda VanAllen, Will Cantine and Carrie Halperin

HEALTH CARE ABC News' Mary Bruce: " Obama Tells Americans Losing Coverage: 'I'm Sorry'" President Obama tonight apologized to Americans who are losing their health care coverage, amid a firestorm of criticism over his promise that under Obamacare "if you like your plan, you can keep your plan." "I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me," Obama told NBC News. LINK

USA Today's Aamer Madhani: "Obama Says He Is Sorry For 'You Can Keep It' Declaration" President Obama said on Thursday that he is sorry that some Americans are losing their current health insurance plans as a result of the Affordable Care Act, despite his oft-repeated assurances that Americans could keep their insurance plans if they like them. The comments, which Obama made in an interview with NBC News, come as he faces a steady stream of criticism as millions of Americans on the individual insurance market received notices that their plans do not meet the minimum benefit requirements set under the ACA and will be canceled. LINK

The New York Times' Jackie Calmes and Robert Pear: " Rules To Require Equal Coverage For Mental Ills" The Obama administration on Friday will complete a generation-long effort to require insurers to cover care for mental health and addiction just like physical illnesses when it issues long-awaited regulations defining parity in benefits and treatment. LINK

Politico's Jennifer Epstein: " Barack Obama: 'I Am Sorry'" President Barack Obama offered an apology Thursday to those Americans who have been told they're losing their health insurance plans, contrary to his promise that no one would be forced off a plan they wanted to keep. "I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me," the president said in a Thursday interview with NBC News, offering his first mea culpa for an issue that's generated negative headlines for the White House for the past two weeks. LINK

The Los Angeles Times' Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey: " Obama 'Sorry' For Health Insurance Cancellation" President Obama apologized Thursday for the fact that some people are losing their current health insurance plans even though he had told Americans they could keep their plans if they wanted to, saying his administration was working on changes to his healthcare law to address the problem. LINK

The Hill's Justin Sink: " Obama Says He's Sorry For Cancelled Insurance Plans" President Obama on Thursday apologized to Americans who are losing their healthcare coverage despite his promise that if individuals liked their plans, they could keep them under ObamaCare. "I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurances they got from me," the president told NBC News . LINK

The Washington Times' Tom Howell Jr. and Ben Wolfgang: " Obama: 'I Am Sorry' For Health-Insurance Cancellations" After sidestepping the issue for weeks, President Obama on Thursday apologized to Americans who are losing their health insurance despite his repeated and emphatic promises that it wouldn't happen. The president made the admission on a day when Senate Republicans demanded that he fire his top health official in response to "undeniable" problems with Obamacare's rollout and his White House fends off doubts that it can fix a balky website that is spoiling the health care law's debut. LINK

The Washington Post's Juliet Eilperin: " President Obama Apologizes To Americans Who Are Losing Their Health Insurance" President Obama apologized Thursday to Americans who are losing their health insurance despite his repeated promises that they wouldn't, an unusual act of contrition for a president who has come under heavy criticism for misleading the public. LINK

The Wall Street Journal's Colleen McCain Nelson: " Obama Apologizes For Insurance Cancellations" President Barack Obama said Thursday he was sorry that thousands of Americans were losing their health insurance, expressing regret for the first time that the Affordable Care Act hadn't lived up to his promise that people who liked their coverage could keep it. Mr. Obama said he had intended to make good on his pledge but the administration wasn't as clear as it should have been in describing the changes the new health law would bring. Now, facing a chorus of complaints as many people receive notice that their plans have been canceled, Mr. Obama signaled he was open to some kind of relief, although he didn't give specifics. LINK

MAYOR-ELECT MARTIN WALSH The Boston Globe's Stephanie Ebbert and Jim O'Sullivan: " Walsh Expected To Bring New Team Of Advisers" With the first major overhaul in City Hall in two decades, Mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh is expected to usher in an entirely new team of advisers, including some of the same voices that helped shape his winning campaign. But neither of the top two figures in Walsh's high command will be formally joining the administration, Walsh told the Globe Thursday. Thomas J. Keady Jr., a longtime advance man and operative for the late US Senator Edward M. Kennedy and former US senator John F. Kerry, and Matthew J. O'Neil Jr., a political consultant who once worked for the city at the Boston Redevelopment Authority, will instead advise from outside. LINK

ABC NEWS VIDEO " Iran Nuclear Negotiations: Waive Sanctions?" LINK

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