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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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Database Flaws Cloud Sunshine On Industry Payments To Doctors
A federal website set to go live Tuesday will disclose drug and device companies' ties to doctors. The release marks a milestone, but could be misleading for patients checking up on their doctors.

In N.H. Race, A Rematch Of A Rematch
Voters in New Hampshire's 1st District have swung back and forth in recent congressional elections. This year, Democratic Rep. Carol Shea-Porter meets former GOP Rep. Frank Guinta for the third time.
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4 Years Of Lessons Learned About Drugmakers' Payments To Doctors
American doctors received at least $1.4 billion in payments from drug companies last year. What did the companies get for their money?
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Looking Back On Eric Holder's Time As Attorney General
Attorney General Eric Holder announced this week that he will be resigning. Justice correspondent Carrie Johnson speaks with NPR's Arun Rath about Holder's legacy and who will likely replace him.
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Debate Grows Over Employer Health Plans Without Hospital Benefits
A federal calculator that companies use to certify whether their health insurance complies with the Affordable Care Act appears to bless plans without hospital coverage.

Ex-Con, Future Congressman? Former Gov. Edwin Edwards Campaigns Again
The 87-year-old Louisiana Democrat, famous for his charm, his philandering and his shaky ethical standards, is out of federal prison — and making a bid for Congress in a heavily Republican district.
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To Prevent Repeat Hospitalizations, Talk To Patients
Part of each hospital's income now hinges on keeping patients with chronic conditions healthier outside the hospital. One medical center has hired nurses and social workers to act as health coaches.
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Insurance Brokers Key To Kentucky's Obamacare Success
Many brokers feared the new federal health law would make them obsolete. But more than 40 percent of people who signed up for insurance via Kentucky's state exchange used a broker.
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Avoid The Rush! Some ERs Are Taking Appointments
Nobody looks forward to sitting in the waiting room. So some hospitals are trying to improve customer satisfaction by offering online appointments. The pitch: "Wait for the ER from home."
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Which Catholics Offer Birth Control? Look To The Insurers
Catholic universities and hospitals argue they shouldn't have to offer contraceptive coverage, but many Catholic insurance companies have been making it available for years.
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