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August 6, 2012 | By Julie Pace, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - President Obama, emboldened by the Supreme Court's affirmation of his health-care overhaul, is now embracing the law while campaigning for reelection, just as Republican rival Mitt Romney steps back from it. Obama sees a second chance to sell voters on the issue despite deep skepticism about it from many people. Romney is avoiding answering hard questions about how he would tackle health care, and thus missing the chance to energize voters who oppose the law. Democrats say the president always planned to stress health care if the court upheld the law. A month after the ruling, he and his team are focused on promoting individual parts of the law that have proved more popular than the sum. The campaign is targeting its efforts on important groups of voters, including women and Hispanics, who, Obama aides say, will benefit greatly once the law takes full effect.
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August 3, 2012 | By Allyn Gaestel, Inquirer Staff Writer
  The women congregated Wednesday on a busy street corner across from City Hall. They waved signs and handed out fliers. But for once, these advocates were not protesting a policy. They were celebrating one. "Women's health has been under attack," said Rebecca Foley, director of public policy at Women's Way, a local women's advocacy organization. "To be able to rejoice is wonderful in this political climate. " Starting Aug. 1, most private insurance plans must phase in coverage of eight preventive-health services for women - free.
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July 25, 2012 | By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Andrew Taylor, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - President Obama's health-care overhaul will reduce rather than increase the nation's huge federal deficits over the next decade, Congress' nonpartisan budget scorekeepers said Tuesday, supporting Obama's contention in a major election-year dispute with Republicans. Republicans have insisted that "Obamacare" will actually raise deficits - by trillions, according to presidential candidate Mitt Romney. But that's not so, the Congressional Budget Office said. The CBO gave no updated estimate for deficit reductions from the law, approved by Congress and signed by Obama in 2010.
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July 20, 2012 | By Ken Thomas and Steve Peoples, Associated Press
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Wooing Florida voters, President Obama warned Thursday that Republican challenger Mitt Romney would gut his health-care reform law and turn Medicare into a voucher program, driving up costs for the elderly on fixed incomes. Romney, firing away near his Boston home base, accused Obama of caring only about saving his own job - not the jobs of Americans. In the daily war of words in an up-for-grabs presidential contest, health-care politics took top billing as Obama opened two days of campaigning in Florida, the largest and most coveted of the nation's Election Day toss-up states.
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July 15, 2012 | VOTERAMA IN CONGRESS
WASHINGTON - Here is how Philadelphia-area members of Congress voted on major issues last week: House Health-law repeal. Voting 244-185, the House on Wednesday sent the Senate a Republican bill (HR 6079) to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which President Obama signed into law in 2010. A yes vote was to repeal the health law. Voting yes: Charles W. Dent (R., Pa.), Michael Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.), Jim Gerlach (R., Pa.), Frank A. LoBiondo (R., N.J.)
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July 11, 2012 | By Connie Cass, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - They're young, healthy, and flat broke - and now the government says they have to buy thousands of dollars' worth of medical insurance. What should tapped-out twentysomethings do? Well, some might just do nothing. The annual fine for shrugging off the new federal insurance requirement, which is to begin in 2014, starts out at a relatively low $95, depending on income. That would be far cheaper than paying premiums. But that does not necessarily make blowing off the mandate a good idea for the fit and frugal.
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July 6, 2012 | Inquirer Editorial
Now that the Supreme Court has upheld health-care reform, President Obama can get to the next logical order of business: compulsory broccoli purchases.   Absurd? Tell that to the Supreme Court, which cited the vegetable no fewer than a dozen times in its ruling last week on the Affordable Care Act. Not so long ago, when no legal scholar believed the health-care law faced a serious constitutional challenge, the broccoli question sprouted as conservative reductio ad absurdum: If the federal government could force us to buy health insurance, why couldn't it make us buy broccoli?
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July 5, 2012 | Inquirer Editorial
It's Independence Day, so many Americans are reflecting on the year 1776, when this nation was born. But today's rancorous political divisions are also a reminder of 1861, when President Lincoln explained in a Fourth of July speech why war was necessary to crush that period's "states' rights" movement. More than 150 years later, another crew of states'-righters are challenging a president. They're not threatening to secede, but are vowing to ignore a law passed by Congress and recently deemed constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court — the Affordable Care Act, which they have derisively dubbed Obamacare.
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July 4, 2012 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.'s opinion Thursday upholding much of President Obama's Affordable Care Act should quiet for now critics who say the court acts out of raw partisan impulses. But in this hyper-politicized age, it is hard to imagine that will last. There's too great a distance between the public's perception of the court and how it actually works. One of the most fascinating undercurrents is the suggestion that Roberts was so focused on preserving institutional credibility that he switched his vote at the last moment.
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July 2, 2012 | Letter to the Inquirer Editor
The essence of conservatism Chief Justice John Roberts, in writing the majority opinion to uphold "Obamacare," showed the real meaning of conservatism ("Health law upheld," Friday). First, Roberts stated that it is not the job of the court to look for ways to overturn laws. In fact, Roberts referred to former Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes in stating that you should err on the side of upholding law if you can find any reason to do so. This is the opposite of a judicial activist who believes the court should, in effect, create new law. An even more conservative position was Roberts' statement that we get the government we elect and have to live with the consequences of the actions of those who legislate.
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