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September 30, 2013 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Put aside, for a moment, the histrionic claims that Republicans want to keep millions of Americans from getting health insurance and that the Democrats' long game is to establish socialist hegemony over health care. Beneath the rhetoric are persistent concerns that Obamacare will fall flat on its face. These critiques come mostly from President Obama's conservative foes, but also from some Democrats. Chief among them is the fear that not enough young Americans will buy insurance through the online marketplaces.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 1988 | By John Corr, Inquirer Staff Writer
Midnight. Fourth and South Streets. Punks and drunks flirt and lurch. Horns blare. People scurry or loiter. The aroma of frying beef sidles across the intersection with onions on its breath. A half-block to the south, in a place called Chaos, the woman with purple hair is sneering at the compact-disc threat while a loudspeaker assaults the sidewalk with the atonal spasms of the Shaved Pigs. "I don't sweat CDs," says Kathy Hughes, co-owner of Chaos, a record- exchange store at 619 S. Fourth St., thereby echoing the sentiments of owners of several similar establishments in this area.
SPORTS
September 8, 2011
   Tickets from Tuesday night's game against the Braves at Citizens Bank Park may be exchanged for the Pavilion, Pavilion Deck, or Terrace Deck seating area for one of six games during the 2012 season: Exhibition games against Pittsburgh on April 2 or April 3. Both games are scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m. Any of four Monday home games between April 30 and May 21. The opponents and times are to be determined.    Fans should maintain possession of Tuesday night's tickets - listed as Sept.
BUSINESS
November 16, 1989 | The Inquirer Staff
The Securities and Exchange Commission will ask stock exchanges to voluntarily test the capabilities and security of their computer systems under a policy adopted yesterday. The SEC wants the industry to conduct studies to assess their systems' capacity to handle heavy volume and their vulnerability to natural catastrophes and human tampering. Another aim of the policy is to persuade exchanges to establish contingency plans and develop backup facilities to be used in the event of a system failure.
BUSINESS
June 22, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
After countless hours of courtroom argument, dozens of briefs, and seemingly endless legal maneuvering, the fate of President Obama's Affordable Care Act comes down to the meaning of six simple words. On June 28, 2012, when the U.S. Supreme Court first narrowly upheld the law, it seemed the bitter struggle over Obama's huge expansion of federally funded health care had come to an end. But the calm was short-lived. Within a few months, conservative legal theorists seized on a little-noticed sentence in the law that seemed to limit federal assistance for consumers to buy health insurance purchased on state-established exchanges, or marketplaces.
NEWS
November 10, 2012 | By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Trying to show flexibility without slowing down President Obama's health-care law, the administration said Friday that states can have more time to work out their roles in providing health care to millions of uninsured Americans. In a letter to governors, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said she still wants to hear by the end of next week whether states will be setting up health insurance markets under the law. But governors can now take another month, until mid-December, to submit detailed blueprints.
BUSINESS
October 25, 2013 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
GlaxoSmithKline P.L.C. is the latest large company to save money now and in years to come by shifting medical costs for future retirees from its company-sponsored plan to insurance policies purchased individually on health-care exchanges. The London-based drugmaker with about 5,000 employees in Pennsylvania and New Jersey said Wednesday that it saved about $431.8 million for the third quarter of this year because of changes it explained to employees in September related to postretirement medical obligations.
NEWS
February 23, 2012
The Obama administration announced Wednesday grants of $33.8 million to Pennsylvania and $7.7 million to New Jersey to move to the next level of planning for state-run insurance exchanges. The so-called establishment grants are a key step in an ongoing process to create the exchanges, which are among the most popular and least controversial parts of the federal health-care overhaul. Sometimes described as the sort of one-stop shopping available from online travel sites, the exchanges are expected to transform buying health insurance for tens of millions of people who get coverage individually or from small businesses.
NEWS
August 12, 2013 | By Robert Calandra, For The Inquirer
  Health insurance marketplaces in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are open - but not for business. People who need health insurance can now go online to www.healthcare.gov and create an account with a user name, password, and security questions so they will be ready to go when enrollment begins Oct. 1. When the exchanges do open for business, Pennsylvanians will find as many as 15 insurers - including Independence Blue Cross and Aetna but...
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NEWS
May 16, 2016
Benedic Ippolito is a research fellow in Economic Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute New warning signs that Humana may be pulling out of the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges, coupled with UnitedHealthcare's recent exits, have reignited the debate about the stability of the insurance marketplaces. Ironically, blame for undermining the exchanges may ultimately lie with one of the ACA's most popular provisions: allowing young adults to join their parents' insurance.
SPORTS
May 2, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, STAFF WRITER
The members of Team USA, many of whom were making their outdoor season debut in a year in which they hope to end up in Rio de Janeiro performing at the Olympics, came through Saturday with five wins out of six races in the Penn Relays' USA vs. the World competition at Franklin Field. Fair or not, most of the attention on the 17th annual program featuring the world's top professional sprinters focused on the race the United States did not win - the men's 4x100 meters, where No. 3 runner Tyson Gay and anchor Isiah Young could not get together on the race's final baton exchange.
NEWS
October 3, 2015 | By Craig R. McCoy, Angela Couloumbis, and Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writers
Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said Thursday she had evidence that a sitting Supreme Court justice - quickly identified by her staff as J. Michael Eakin - had sent and received "racial, misogynistic pornography" on state computers. Kane said she had given the state Supreme Court, the Judicial Conduct Board, and the state Ethics Commission more than 1,500 Eakin emails to review. Her spokesman said he could not say how many contained offensive material. One email, Kane said, contained "a joke about a woman who was beaten by her husband, and the punch line is that she should just shut up. " She said another noted that 30 percent of female murder victims were killed by husbands or boyfriends.
NEWS
September 24, 2015 | By Matthew Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two Philadelphia brothers, both with lengthy criminal records, allegedly engaged in a deadly argument Monday evening. Police responded to reports of a person with a gun at 6:35 p.m. Monday, on the 5100 block of Kershaw St. in Parkside. On arrival, police found Jacquell Roundtree, 31, on his front porch with gunshot wounds to his back and side. He was transported to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center where he died shortly after 9 p.m. Police said Wednesday they were seeking a suspect, Dominic Roundtree, 29. Both brothers were in the news within months of each other in 2005.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2015 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Staff Writer
How do you keep an independent record store open for 30 years? "It helps if you don't want too much for yourself," Philadelphia Record Exchange owner Jacy Webster answers drily, and then laughs. "It's not a real profitable business. " Webster cofounded the Record Exchange in 1985 with Greg Harris, who is now CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland. It hasn't made him rich, but the store managed the rare feat of surviving as a bricks-and-mortar gathering place that sells honest to goodness physical product.
NEWS
September 11, 2015 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
The image in the minds of relatives of the last moments of Antorie Coates and his girlfriend, Alida Maria Cruz, could not have been more ghastly: shot to death in a van, doused with gasoline and set on fire. On Wednesday, relatives gave a message to the man who admitted killing them: "We forgive you. " Courtroom observers said the atmosphere at the guilty plea and sentencing of 38-year-old William Deputy of Upper Darby was so intense that he wept openly as Coates' sister, Akeya Coates, and mother, Eva Whaley, made victim-impact statements.
SPORTS
August 24, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Between payments made to trade partners and large contracts absorbed in return, the Phillies have committed more than $50 million in trades during their rebuilding. Here is a breakdown from each trade.       1st year       Player   Contract details   of contract   Cash paid in trade    Jimmy Rollins   4 years, $44 million   2012   $1 million    Marlon Byrd   2 years, $16 million   2014   $4 million    Jonathan Papelbon   4 years, $50 million   2012   $4.5 million    Cole Hamels   6 years, $144 million   2013   $9.5 million    Also acquired Matt Harrison in trade    $32.6 million    Ben Revere   1 year, $4.1 million   2015   $1.5 million Chase Utley   2 years, $27 million   2014   $3.5 million*    TOTAL   19 years, $285.1 million      $56.6 million    *–could increase depending on bonuses and exercising of 2016 option.
NEWS
June 27, 2015 | By Chris Mondics and Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writers
In its second ruling in three years upholding President Obama's health-care law, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday turned back challengers' claims that the law barred health insurance subsidies to millions in 34 states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. The 6-3 opinion, written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., upheld a central pillar of the Affordable Care Act and allows the administration's five-year-old initiative to get health coverage to more Americans. The decision lifted a cloud that threatened to end coverage for millions of Americans, disrupt state insurance markets, and pressure politicians whose constituents receive the subsidies to find a way to save them.
NEWS
June 26, 2015 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Within minutes of Thursday's Supreme Court ruling, Gov. Wolf announced plans to drop the state-based insurance exchange that Pennsylvania had pursued to prevent more than 300,000 residents from losing subsidies. "I took steps to protect Pennsylvania's consumers by putting in place a contingency in the event the Supreme Court ruled people are not eligible for subsidies, but I am pleased to say that we will no longer need to rely on this plan," Wolf said in a statement. Pennsylvania and Delaware were the only states to win conditional approval last week to set up exchanges to protect their citizens from a potential ruling against subsidies in the 34 states that rely on the federal health insurance marketplace.
NEWS
June 23, 2015 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Barbara Butler takes home $250 a week for driving a school bus with blind children to a Catholic day school part time. Her health insurance premiums are $517 a month. She pays 76 cents, and Washington picks up the rest. The Supreme Court is expected to rule within a week on whether that subsidy, a key part of President Obama's health-care law, is legal in 34 states. If it decides not, then the West Philadelphia resident's premiums would swell to half her income. "Fortunately for me, I'm pretty healthy," Butler said.
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