Morning Health

Are small businesses better off with healthcare reform? The Commonwealth Fund seeks to answer the question with the release of a new report this week. The organization will hold a teleconference/briefing at 11 a.m.

The news comes as Democrats have been touting the new law's business grants in the face of continued criticism by employers. HHS on Tuesday announced that almost 2,000 employers and unions have been accepted into the $5 billion Early Retiree Reinsurance Program. http://bit.ly/bmX1NP

Stem cell decision challenged: The Department of Justice filed an emergency motion asking a U.S. district judge to suspend a recent ruling prohibiting federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research. http://bit.ly/cNN1Qj

The agency is asking the judge to stay — or suspend — his ruling while the DOJ appeals it "to avoid terminating research projects midstream, invalidating results in process, and impeding or negating years of scientific progress toward finding new treatments for devastating illnesses." Anti-abortion groups, who cheered the judge's ruling, are now slamming the White House for appealing it. http://bit.ly/8Z5A9J

Democrats against healthcare reform: Rep. Frank Kratovil (D-Md.) joins Reps. Bobby Bright (D-Ala.) and Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) with his new ad highlighting his "no" vote on healthcare reform. http://bit.ly/alyEz2

A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll suggests that's not a bad idea. The poll found that support for the law fell to 43 percent in August — down from 50 percent just a month before. http://bit.ly/9X3vL6