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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 Conservative Mayor Fights To Expand Medicaid In North Carolina
After a small North Carolina town lost its hospital, Belhaven's Republican mayor decided it was time to demand that North Carolina cover more people through the Medicaid program.

Hospitals Fight Proposed Changes In The Training Of Doctors
The Institute of Medicine this week urged Congress to allocate to community clinics more of the $15 billion it spends annually on training new doctors. But hospitals say that's the wrong prescription.

California Pharmacists Resist Translating Medicine Labels
Adding a translation to the English label would require bigger bottles, pharmacists say. They worry patients would wind up carrying a few pills around loose — without any instructions at all.
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House Votes To OK Lawsuit Against Obama
House Republicans say that the president has overstepped the bounds of his executive authority. President Obama dismissed the move as a "political stunt."

Lawsuit Opens A Long Round Of Political Pingpong
Republicans in the House voted to allow Speaker John Boehner to sue President Obama. They believe the president has overstepped his constitutional authority.
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The Great Blue Hope: Michelle Nunn Tries The Improbable In Ga.
Georgia hasn't elected a Democrat to statewide office for over a decade, but Senate candidate Michelle Nunn is the most viable hope the party's had in a long time.
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Medicare's Costs Stabilize, But Its Problems Are Far From Fixed
Medicare's trust fund is projected to have money until 2030, four years longer than predicted last year. But the fund that pays for disability benefits could run dry just two years from now.

The GOP's New Plan To Tackle Poverty: Helpful Or Hurtful?
Republican Congressman Paul Ryan has a new plan to address poverty. Host Michel Martin talks with commentators Corey Ealons and Ron Christie about it and other political stories of the week.
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Federal Health Exchange Stays Busy After Open Enrollment Ends
Federal data, obtained by ProPublica under the Freedom of Information Act, show that nearly 1 million insurance transactions have taken place since the middle of April.

What Do The New Obamacare Rulings Mean For People Getting Subsidies?
The Affordable Care Act was the subject of two conflicting court opinions Tuesday. One upheld the subsidies that help middle- and low-income people afford health insurance; the other rejected them.
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