The US Supreme Court announced this week that it will hear arguments over President Obama's health care reform law.
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November 15, 2011 Since 1970, the court has limited oral arguments to 30 minutes per side. But there have been notable exceptions. Bush v. Gore lasted 90 minutes and two campaign finance cases clocked in at four hours each.
September 8, 2011 The court did not rule on the constitutional issues raised by the lawsuits.
Republican presidential candidate Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to supporters in Greenville, S.C. on Aug. 20.
August 26, 2011 Texas Gov. and presidential candidate Rick Perry is passionate on one point about health care. Fixing the nation's health care system must include a major reform of the medical malpractice system.
August 12, 2011 A U.S. appeals court Friday has found the mandate in President Obama's health care law that requires individuals to purchase health insurance to be unconstitutional. The 2-1 ruling on a suit brought by 26 states agreed with a lower court in ruling against the "individual mandate," but it upheld the rest of the law.
Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming is one of many lawmakers who opposes the the new Independent Payment Advisory Board.
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July 12, 2011 The health care overhaul law calls for an independent board to make recommendations for ways to reduce Medicare payments without cutting benefits or increasing costs to beneficiaries. But Congressmen from both sides of the aisle are growing doubtful that such a board will work.
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Katie Couric at the "Make That Call" For Colon Cancer Screening campaign launch in New York in March.
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July 5, 2011 Two out of every three Americans between 50 and 75 are up-to-date with colon cancer screening guidelines. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says doctors still need to recommend everyone else that they be screened.
"We stand by the integrity and methodology of the survey," McKinsey says.
June 20, 2011 McKinsey and Company released its methodology for a controversial survey that found as many as 30 percent of employers might drop health insurance after the new health law takes effect in 2014. But critics are anything but assuaged.
Under federal law, health insurers must spend at least 80 percent of premium revenues on medical services or quality improvement.
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May 10, 2011 Consumers in nine states expect to receive millions in rebates from their health insurers on this year's premiums because insurers did not hit a spending target for medical care. But consumer advocates say most insurers should be able to meet the spending rule.
May 3, 2011 College students have 30 days from the end of their student health plan to get on their parents' insurance plan. Under the new federal health law, young adults can stay on their parents' plan until age 26.
Most doctors surveyed said they think visits to emergency rooms will increase as the new health law is implemented.
April 28, 2011 Overcrowding in emergency rooms isn't caused by people who don't have insurance — it's caused by people who do, but still can't find a doctor to treat them. And doctors say there is not nearly enough attention paid to emergency departments in the new health care law.
The CBO says House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's plan for Medicare could lead to health care rationing. Ryan is shown here with Republican members of his committee on Capitol Hill, April 5, 2011.
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April 6, 2011 Moving Medicare beneficiaries from public to private insurance — as the House GOP has proposed — could actually end up slowing the introduction of life-saving medical technology, the Congressional Budget Office says. That's the concern that led Republicans to oppose the president's health law last year.
February 28, 2011 States unhappy with the new federal health care law may be able to create their own version of the overahaul in 2014 — not 2017, as the law currently states. President Barack Obama told a gathering of the nation's governors Monday that he's open to amending the law.
Maryland hospitals are promoting hand washing among other measures to prevent patient infections.
February 25, 2011 A Maryland program to prevent hospital complications goes further than most, including those already under way in Medicare and new ones slated to begin next year under the health care overhaul law.
December 6, 2010 High court expert Stuart Taylor says the the lack of clear precedents could mean an overturn of the health law. He adds that precedents are on both sides and the court's conservative tilt could lead it to rule the new law unconstitutional.
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