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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Is Virginia Health Insurer's Decision To Drop Bronze Plans An Omen?
Bronze plans provide the least generous coverage of the four tiers on insurance marketplaces, paying 60 percent of benefits, on average, compared with 70 percent for the more popular silver plans.

Why Some Clinton Supporters Are Not 'Really Ready To Go Public'
Hillary Clinton doesn't have the biggest rallies. Her bumper stickers and campaign signs aren't particularly visible. It seems her supporters are laying low. Here's why.
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Anthony Mackie On Portraying Martin Luther King Jr. In 'All The Way'
All The Way is a drama from HBO that chronicles President Lyndon B. Johnson's struggle to pass the Civil Rights Act. Michel Martin speaks with Anthony Mackie, who portrays Martin Luther King Jr.
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How Obamacare Affects Our Wallets And Debt Ratio
A study examined the economic effects of the Affordable Care Act. Researchers found states that opted to expand Medicaid through Obamacare had residents with fewer unpaid bills and less debt overall.
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Insurers Leaving An Exchange May Still Sell Individual Plans
Some insurers continue to sell coverage to individuals on the open market even after deciding to exit the health law's marketplaces.

Supreme Court Sends Obamacare Contraception Case Back To Lower Courts
The Supreme Court Monday punted on the constitutional merits of a religious freedom challenge to the Affordable Care Act. The court said it was feasible to satisfy religious groups and women seeking contraception and sent the case back to the lower courts.
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As Supreme Court Sends Back Birth Control Case, Both Sides Claim Victory
The Supreme Court gave lower courts additional instructions to try to reach an accommodation on balancing religious rights and no-cost access to contraception.

Supreme Court Sends Latest Obamacare Challenge Back To Lower Courts
The justices did not decide the central question in the case: whether Obamacare's contraceptive mandate violates the religious liberties of some organizations.

New York Aims To Become The Next State To Toss The Tampon Tax
If 2015 was the year of the period, 2016 may be the year when women have to pay less for sanitary supplies, or even get them for free. Some state, local and federal legislators are pushing for change.
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Pilots And ACLU Sue Airline Over Breast Milk Pumping At Work
Four female pilots say that Frontier Airlines failed to provide legally required accommodations so they could pump breast milk and do their jobs. The ACLU filed a complaint on their behalf.

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