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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U.S. Parents Are Sweating And Hustling To Pay For Child Care
Kids may be little. But the cost of paying for someone to take care of them is really big. Stressed-out parents are pinching pennies, driving for Uber and putting off saving and having more kids .

Experts Say It Could Be A Make Or Break Year For Obamacare
President Obama traveled to Florida Thursday to encourage more people to sign up for Obamacare when the enrollment window opens next month. The president's signature health care law has helped cut the uninsured rate to record lows. But it's showing some cracks, and many young people are reluctant to sign up.
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Fall Enrollment Efforts Could Be Pivotal For Federal Health Law
Federal health officials expect the number of people who buy health plans on state and federal exchanges to grow by 1 million people for 2017, though premiums are going up, too.

Emergency Room Use Stays High In Oregon Medicaid Study
Health officials hoped giving more people health insurance would curtail their use of expensive emergency rooms for routine medical care. But data from Oregon suggest their overall ER use didn't drop.
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7 Insurers Alleged To Have Discriminated Against HIV Patients
The plans sought to discourage costly HIV patients by not including their drugs on approved lists or by requiring substantial cost sharing, a Harvard Law School group says in federal complaints.

From The Economy To Race, See Where The Candidates Stand On The Big Issues
We broke down where the candidates stand on the 10 issues voters say they care about most.

Biden Shares Views On The State Of American Politics
NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Vice President Joe Biden about why Democrats have lost support of white working class voters, and asks him about the current political climate.
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NPR Poll: Are Parents Overrating The Quality Of Child Care?
Almost all parents rate their child care as very good or excellent, according to a new NPR poll. But researchers say that's off base, and that just 10 percent of child care is high quality.

West Virginia Grapples With High Drug Costs
Climbing drug prices are taking a toll on West Virginia's budget, some state legislators say. Expensive drugs fuel an increase in Medicaid spending, which leaves less money for schools and roads.
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WikiLeaks Claims To Release Hillary Clinton's Goldman Sachs Transcripts
WikiLeaks has released what it claims to be transcripts of three paid, closed-door "speeches" Hillary Clinton gave to Goldman Sachs.

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