When the U.S. Supreme Court made a Medicaid expansion optional under the Affordable Care Act, the decision lowered the estimated cost of the law.
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July 24, 2012 The Supreme Court decision that made the expansion of Medicaid optional for states will result in 3 million fewer people getting coverage. And that will also reduce the overall price tag of the law over the next decade by about $84 billion.
July 5, 2012 The Supreme Court's upholding of President Obama's health care law has led to its re-emergence as a campaign issue. That makes it a good time to look at the similarities and differences between Obama's law and the one signed into law by Mitt Romney when he was Massachusetts' governor.
July 3, 2012 Though elected officials have strong opinions on both sides of the healthcare law, it seems that some are hazy on the details. Test your own knowledge of what the health care ruling means for Americans.
The scene outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, when the justices released their ruling on President Obama's health care law.
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July 3, 2012 Americans remain about as polarized over the legitimacy of President Obama's health care law as the nine members of the Supreme Court, according to polls taken after Thursday's ruling.
July 2, 2012 Republicans seem at odds over whether President Obama introduced a big new tax through his health care law. Some conservatives are making a campaign issue of the Supreme Court ruling and its rationale. But a top aide says Mitt Romney — who signed a similar law in Massachusetts — doesn't see it as a tax.
Joy Reynolds of San Diego, Calif., looks over Friday's front pages on display at the Newseum in Washington, the day after the Supreme Court ruling on President Barack Obama's health care law.
June 29, 2012 Supporters of the Affordable Care Act are back to singing its praises and doling out money. Opponents are trying to focus on the one aspect of the case that they won, limiting government's ability to withhold Medicaid money from states.
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June 28, 2012 One of the greatest unknowns right now is whether the Supreme Court's decision will significantly change the public's opinion of the health care law. Until Thursday, numerous polls indicated a majority of voters opposed the law. The court's seal of approval could help change that.
June 28, 2012 President Obama's big victory on the law so identified with him that it's called "Obamacare" means he can campaign more boldly on the law as a major achievement. He also won't have to counter claims that he wasted the first years of his presidency.
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June 27, 2012 Only a few dozen people know how the Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law. And it'll stay that way until Thursday morning. Justices and their law clerks don't leak opinions, which may explain the intense focus on what tea leaves can be read.
Demonstrators both for and against the health care law turned out on the steps of the Supreme Court on March 27, the second day of oral arguments before the court.
June 15, 2012 "I'm less concerned about how they rule and more concerned about when we can actually get at fixing this," says the head of Aetna, the nation's third-largest health insurer. He says at one level, the health care law represents a huge opportunity for the U.S. health insurance industry.
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Protesters at the Supreme Court as the court concluded hearing arguments on the health care law.
June 7, 2012 The latest major poll, commissioned by CBS News/NY Times just weeks before the Supreme Court is expected to deliver its ruling on the constitutionality of the health-care law. The survey found that nothing has happened to change the minds of a majority of the public that the law should be overturned.
June 4, 2012 Mitt Romney's choice of former Utah Gov. Michael Leavitt, who supports a key part of President Obama's health care law, has irked some conservatives.
The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless runs the Stout Street Clinic in Denver, helped Dale Miller get a CT scan.
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April 26, 2012 The state is one of just a few that is expanding Medicaid ahead of a major expansion called for in 2014 by the federal health law. Though the state estimates that 50,000 people meet the income bar, Colorado will only be able to offer coverage to 10,000 people.
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April 24, 2012 Health experts warn that the Medicare system is so intertwined with the Affordable Care Act that if the Supreme Court strikes the law down, "it takes everything with it."
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March 30, 2012 By the standards of marketing, especially political ads, the RNC's ad is a great success since it has generated so much free media, including blog posts like this.
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