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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Fact Check: First Presidential Debate
NPR annotated the first presidential debate debate with fact check, analysis and context.

America's First Black President Nears The End Of A History-Making Run
Eight years after Obama made history as the first African-American president, his legacy is just starting to emerge.
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Despite Setbacks, Obama's Presidency Impacted African-American Life
After nearly two terms under the nation's first black president, we look at how President Obama's time has affected life for African-Americans.
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Want A BRCA Test? Some Insurers Require Genetic Counseling First
Doctors worry that requiring patients to see a separate genetic counselor will keep them from getting tested for mutations that significantly increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer.

Would You Like Some Insurance With Your Insurance?
What's old is new again — with the health care law requiring everyone to get some form of major medical insurance, insurance to pay for small-scale medical costs like deductibles is back.

Why Gap Insurance Is Making A Comeback
Gap health insurance plans are meant to cover one-time events. When the health care law required some form of major medical insurance, it was thought the need for gap coverage would disappear.
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Census Bureau: Poverty Rate Down, Median Incomes Up
Median household incomes have increased for the first time since 2007 — rising by 5.2 percent. The poverty rate has declined, and more people have health insurance, the Census Bureau says.

U.S. Census Report: Household Incomes Rise In 2015
Household incomes were up sharply in 2015, according to a report released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. Median family income climbed 5.2 percent to $56,516 a year. That's the biggest increase in nearly 50 years.
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A Good Dentist Is Hard To Find In Rural America
A Wisconsin clinic provides free dental care so that poor rural residents can get their teeth fixed. But in most states people aren't so lucky. Millions of people have no access to dental care.
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Federal Survey Finds 119 Million Americans Use Prescription Drugs
Nearly half of all Americans over the age of 12 take prescription pain relievers, tranquilizers, sedatives or stimulants, according to a federal survey. And 16 percent of the time those drugs are misused by nearly 19 million Americans. Health officials are calling for more drug treatment, but also for more care in prescribing drugs in the first place.
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