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Supreme Court Upholds Federal Health Care Law

Activists gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court to hear their ruling on the Affordable Care Act Thursday, June 28.
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Activists gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court to hear their ruling on the Affordable Care Act Thursday, June 28.

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court largely upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Now, local and state officials are scrambling to digest the ruling and comply with upcoming deadlines. Maryland and the District have already spent millions setting up the insurance exchanges mandated by the law. Virginia, which challenged the law in federal court, will have to accelerate preparations. We get local reactions to the Supreme Court ruling.

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