Supreme Court Rules on Affordable Care Act


On Thursday, June 28th, 2012 the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Compiled here are stories leading up to the momentous decision as well as analysis and reaction following the ruling.

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A Voter's Guide To The Health Law Chatter
A law as broad and complex as the Affordable Care Act invites both criticism and praise. Here's a look at some of the claims made on the presidential campaign trail.

If BMI Is The Test Of Health, Many Pro Athletes Would Flunk
Proposed federal rules would let employers penalize overweight or obese workers by making them pay more for health insurance. But having a high BMI doesn't mean you're not healthy.

California Exchange Chief Rips UnitedHealth For Obamacare Excuses
Covered California's executive director, Peter Lee, said UnitedHealth Group Inc. made its own mistakes on rates and networks that led to a $475 million loss on individual policies in 2015.

Few States Use Health Law Option For Low-Cost Plans
New York and Minnesota are offering an inexpensive insurance alternative allowed under the federal health law that provides some low-income people with more affordable coverage.

Bosses Find Part-Time Workers Can Come With Full-Time Headaches
Some fast-food franchisees are rethinking putting workers on part-time status to avoid having to provide them with health insurance. The business hassles are exceeding the savings.
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In Iowa, Sanders Rallies Young People; Clinton Gets Pragmatic
Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are battling it out to win Iowa in a very close race that will be decided tomorrow night in the caucuses.
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Feds Hopeful Hispanics Will Respond As Open Enrollment Comes To A Close
Sunday January 31st is the deadline in most states to buy health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Federal officials are reaching out to those previously uninsured, with a focus on Hispanics.
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The Doctor's Computer Will Email You Now
Though it may sound like an oxymoron, "automating empathy" is becoming a catchphrase in health care. The goal is to help doctors engage with patients cheaply and with minimal effort. Does it work?

Break It Down: Fact-Checking The Final GOP Debate Before Iowa
Republican presidential candidates had their final debate before the Iowa caucuses Thursday night. NPR's fact-checking team takes a closer look at some of the claims the candidates made.
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Still Uninsured? Buy A Health Plan This Week To Avoid A Tax Penalty
Millions are still uninsured, even as the Jan. 31 deadline to sign up for a plan under the Affordable Care Act approaches. No deadline extensions this year, federal health officials warn.

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