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CNN and Fox Drop the Ball on Reporting Health Care Ruling

Friday, June 29, 2012

The top court upheld the health care law Thursday, but initial reports from Fox and CNN outside the Supreme Court said the mandate had been overturned. What went wrong?

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Does Justice Kennedy Hold the Fate of the Health Care Law in His Hands?

Friday, March 30, 2012

In the biggest Supreme Court cases, Justice Anthony Kennedy, more often that not, is the key swing vote. As the Supreme Court deliberates over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, once again all eyes are on Justice Kennedy. Adam Liptak is the Supreme Court Correspondent for The New York Times.

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The Takeaway

Ohio Attorney General Explains Why He Joined Suit Against Affordable Care Act

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The case against the Affordable Care Act currently being heard by the Supreme Court was brought by 26 states. Ohio is one of those states, and in Ohio, disapproval of the health care law runs deep. Last fall, Ohio voters amended the state constitution to say that no federal or state law will require any person, company or health care provider to participate in a health care system. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine explains why he joined the suit against the Affordable Care Act.

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The Takeaway

Supreme Court Hears Challenge to Health Care Law Today

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Supreme Court will hear a challenge to President Obama’s healthcare law today, kicking off a three-day proceeding. The Affordable Care Act mandates an expansion of health insurance to 30 million more Americans within a decade, as well as for the ire it has roused in Republican lawmakers and citizens, alike. To look ahead to next three days of health care debate and discussion, Jeffrey Rosen, professor of law at George Washington University, joins us.

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The Takeaway

Contraception Coverage Draws Criticism from Catholic Bishops

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has taken issue with the Obama administration's healthcare bill, which requires all university and hospital insurance plans to cover contraception. Archbishop Timothy Dolan wrote in a Wall Street Journal editorial that this provision infringes on personal freedoms, "coercing religious ministries and citizens to pay directly for actions that violate their teaching." However, two new recently released polls reveal that American Catholics are more supportive of contraception coverage in employer-provided insurance than non-Catholics.

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It's A Free Country ®

Obama Faces State Governors

Monday, February 28, 2011

WNYC

"Make yourself feel at home," President Obama said as he began his speech to the National Governor's Association on Monday, "but for those of you interested in the next election, I don't mean that literally."

After a laugh (from the president and governors alike), Obama launched into his speech, discussing states' flexibility in the controversial health care act; federal spending on infrastructure, research and innovation; the state and federal budget crises; and, of course, the public work force. In the wake of the budget protests in Wisconsin and with an audience of state leaders, the President gave a veiled jab at the state's ongoing battle.

Obama spoke to the delegation of Governors at the White House. Vice President Biden, Dr. Jill Biden and the First Lady also spoke at the gathering on Monday.

 

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It's A Free Blog

My Mixed Review of the Florida Health Care Ruling

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

WNYC

Last week, a federal judge in Florida ruled that the health care reform bill passed last year was unconstitutional.

Unlike other rulings on the bill that have come from a handful of other judges, what makes this one noteworthy is that 26 states were in on the case, asking for the courts to block implementation, and that the whole package was deemed unconstitutional. That last part especially, as even another judge ruled against the constitutionality of the individual mandate, without striking down the whole bill.

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: 9/11 Bill Passes, START Treaty, Morning Headlines

Thursday, December 23, 2010

A last minute compromise led to approval of a four-billion dollar aid package for 9/11 survivors and the first responders who became ill working in the ruins. Plus, morning headlines.

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It's A Free Country ®

The Constitutional Fight at the Center of the Health Care Challenges

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

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I think if, as this plays out and plays all the way up to the Supreme Court, we just have conservative and liberal views of what government authority encompasses, that's a pretty distressing signal about where American jurisprudence is.

- Dahlia Lithwick, editor at Slate.com on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Chris Dodd on the Dems' Rough Year

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Time and time again, historically, doing the right thing was not always the popular thing to do. I happen to believe that regarding healthcare and financial reform, we did the right thing in both cases, and history will record that.

- Chris Dodd, Democratic Senator from Connecticut, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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WNYC News

House Passes Health Bill for 9/11 Responders

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The House passed a health-care bill that will benefit first responders sickened at the World Trade Center site on 9/11. The bill passed 268 to 160, with 13 Republicans voting for passage. It now goes to the Senate.

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