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Obama Moves To Delay Cancellations Of Insurance Plans

The White House unveiled a fix for consumers who've had health insurance plans canceled. Critics have pointed out that the president promised Americans could keep their plans if they wished, but that things turned out differently. As for the health care program's problems, Obama said "we fumbled."
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D.C. Public Schools Praised For HIV/AIDS Awareness, Charter Schools Criticized

While D.C. public schools have standardized HIV/AIDS awareness and monitoring programs, the more independent charter schools are falling behind.
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Rep. Waxman Weighs In On Affordable Care Act Problems

Steve Inskeep talks to Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman of California about the lower-than-expected number of Americans who successfully signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. A growing group of Democrats are backing a Republican plan to delay the penalties or allow Americans to keep their current plans.
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Health Care Registration Numbers Are Revealed

The Obama administration says just about 100,000 people managed to choose health plans through the federal and state health exchanges during their first month of the program. Critics say that shows the law is failing. But most analysts say the first month's numbers wouldn't have meant very much, even if the federal website had been working properly.
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6 Ideas Being Floated To 'Fix' Obamacare Sign-Up Woes

As technical problems with the government's new health insurance marketplace slow the pace of sign-up, a variety of "fixes" have been proposed. But some of these would create their own challenges. In rough order from least to most disruptive, here are some of the ideas.
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'Holy Cow' And 'Kangaroo Court': Panel Grills HealthCare.gov Officials

A House oversight hearing on the troubled HealthCare.gov site was contentious from the start Wednesday, as Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., sought to cut short the opening remarks of one of the first officials to speak. One Democrat called it "a kangaroo court."
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How Changes To The Affordable Care Act Could Affect Consumers And Insurance Companies

In the face of mounting criticism, President Barack Obama announced changes to the rules for health insurance policies. Political and economic implications of the administration's temporary retreat on a key element of the Affordable Care Act.

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The Health Care Numbers Are Out, And They're Disappointing

Just over 100,000 people managed to get signed up for health insurance through the state and federal health exchanges, the Obama administration reported. But barely a quarter of those — 26,794 — signed up through the faltering HealthCare.gov website.
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New Cholesterol Guidelines Could Put More Americans On Statins

New cholesterol guidelines are out, and the bottom line is millions more Americans will be getting recommendations that they should be taking a cholesterol-lowering pill every day. The new guidance, from the nation's two leading groups of heart specialists, is a big departure from the advice Americans have been getting for decades to get their cholesterol levels down to a certain number. Instead, the emphasis is on whether you fit into one of four risk groups.
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HIV/AIDS Report Card Shows Progress, Problems In The District

The District of Columbia has made strides in addressing the HIV/AIDs epidemic, according to the DC Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, but officials have plenty of room for improvement.

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