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December 15, 2009 Lou Padilla is good at fixing things. So when he broke his ankle, Padilla decided to set it himself. The locksmith didn't have health insurance, and he says he doesn't need it. Padilla tells us how he gets by without the safety net of insurance.
Regina Holliday prepares her supplies for a day of painting.
November 9, 2009 As Congress debates health care overhaul, Regina Holliday is using her paintbrush to protest the current medical system. Her 50-foot-long mural depicts the problems her family encountered while her husband was fighting stage IV kidney cancer.
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October 5, 2009 When Gracie Scarrow, 94, was diagnosed with congestive heart failure she didn't have the money to pay for the care she needed. She turned to Medicaid — which covers the long-term care in a nursing home — and she couldn't be happier.
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President Obama talks with a group of small-business owners following a town hall meeting on health care in Raleigh, N.C., on July 29.
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August 3, 2009 Lawmakers back home for the August recess will find voters left deeply confused about the health care overhaul still being hammered out in Congress. The delays in reaching an agreement — and big federal spending elsewhere — have fueled skepticism.
Martha Martin of Durham, Maine, works three jobs and still can't keep up with her family's medical bills. She has medical insurance, but she and her husband can't make all of the payments.
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September 28, 2009 Martha Martin and her husband spent nearly 45 percent of their income on medical costs for their family last year. Like millions of other Americans, they have some insurance, but it doesn't cover enough of their needed care.
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Sherry Casey attended the Remote Area Medical Expedition in Wise, Va.
July 27, 2009 About 2,700 people lined up outside the county fairgrounds in Wise, Va., to receive free vision, dental and medical treatment at a volunteer-run medical camp. Some arrived three days early to make sure they wouldn't be turned away.
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July 26, 2009 About 2,700 uninsured and under-insured people received free vision, dental and medical treatment at the county fairgrounds in Wise, Va., the weekend of July 24-26.
Dr. Jack Wennberg in his Dartmouth office in Lebanon, N.H.
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October 8, 2009 In the mid-1970s, a health researcher discovered an unusually high rate of hysterectomies in a small town in Maine. If the rate continued, nearly 70 percent of Lewiston women, like Carol Bradford (above), who had a hysterectomy, would be without their wombs by age 70. A major driver of health care costs: a system that pushes doctors to deliver unnecessary care.
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Deciphering what the new health care law means for you can be tricky.
May 26, 2010 The new health law signed by President Obama this spring contains the most sweeping changes to the American health system in a generation. Find out how to get help paying for insurance, what your employer can do, and more.
February 9, 2010 More than 15 percent of Americans are uninsured, and more than three-quarters of them are in working families. Overall, the uninsured are less healthy and cost the country and the medical industry billions of dollars a year.
January 8, 2010 The tax agency would be responsible for checking whether individuals get required insurance, distributing billions of dollars in subsidies and collecting new taxes and penalties.
January 6, 2010 Legislation would restore Medicaid rights to citizens of the Marshall Islands and two other nations who have the unique ability to travel and work freely in the United States.
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December 24, 2009 Now that the Senate has passed a hotly debated health care bill, Congress is headed to the next step: House-Senate negotiations in January to try to hammer out a final version. Here's where things stand and how you might be affected.
December 24, 2009 As exhausted but jubilant Senate Democrats scramble home for the holidays, one more obstacle stands between them and final passage of the massive health care overhaul bill: merging their bill with the House of Representatives'.
December 24, 2009 The Senate approved the landmark health bill early Christmas Eve, a key step for President Obama and the Democrats in moving forward with health overhaul. But the debate is far from over. The Senate and the House will have to reconcile their different versions.
December 24, 2009 In the early hours of Christmas Eve, senators voted in favor of sweeping health care legislation that would expand insurance coverage to millions of Americans. The House passed its version in November; next up, a conference to reconcile the two bills.
President Obama defended the health care overhaul during an NPR interview Wednesday.
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December 23, 2009 In an interview with NPR, the president said that those from the left of his party who criticize the bill are ignoring the "real human reality that this will help millions of people."
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks at a rally of Democratic senators following a final series of procedural votes on the health bill Wednesday.
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December 23, 2009 The Senate is set to approve a landmark health bill early Thursday morning that would bring President Obama and Democrats a step closer to the most sweeping change in the nation’s health system since Medicare was created more than four decades ago.
Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada listens as Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd (left) speaks during a Democratic health care rally on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.
December 23, 2009 Advocates are hailing Harry Reid for rounding up 60 votes to pass the Senate's massive health care overhaul bill. But on the way to 60, the majority leader made many compromises, which Republicans are slamming as "sweetheart deals."
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December 22, 2009 But the GOP lawmaker says lessons learned may spur bipartisanship on a bill to cut greenhouse gases.
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