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Commander In Chief, Explainer In Chief Tout Health Care Law

The biggest test of the Affordable Care Act could begin next week. That's when the online marketplaces offering health care coverage to the uninsured are set to start signing people up. The question is, will they come? Obama and former President Clinton have teamed up to explain the law.
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Administration Touts Lower-Than-Expected Obamacare Premiums

According to a report released by the Department of Health and Human Services, "premiums nationwide will ... be around 16 percent lower than originally expected," and 95 percent of uninsured people live in a state with average premiums that are lower than expected.
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Would A Federal Shutdown Delay Health Care Exchanges?

The online marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act so people can compare health plans and sign up for health insurance are scheduled to open for business on Oct. 1. As the date approaches, opponents of the administration's health law are ratcheting up their efforts to stop it.
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Lose Weight Before Trying Other Sleep Apnea Treatments

Surgery sounds like a quick cure for sleep apnea, but a review of the evidence by doctors found the operations can be risky and disappointing for many people. Masks and pumps that keep airways open at night are effective. And the equipment is more comfortable than it used to be.
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Can Mass Shootings Really Be Stopped?

It's been a week since a shooting at Washington, D.C.'s Navy Yard left 13 people dead, including the gunman. But is there a consensus forming on how to stop these attacks from happening again? Host Michel Martin speaks with former Congressman Asa Hutchinson; Ron Honberg of the National Alliance on Mental Illness; and the National Crime Prevention Council's Ann Harkins.
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Questions Rise As Health Care Exchange Draws Near

The online marketplace for health insurance is scheduled to open in one week. But people are still confused about what that means and how the Affordable Care Act will affect them. Host Michel Martin runs through a health care Q&A with Mary Agnes Cary of Kaiser Health News.
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How Will Exchanges Change Options For Kids' Health Coverage?

A college student will be able to shop for health insurance on one of the exchanges planned to open for business in October. But depending on the family's financial circumstances, he may be better off staying on his parents' plan or looking into Medicaid.
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Sen. Cruz Battles To Regain Trust Of GOP House Members

Texas Senator Ted Cruz won the ire of House Republicans last week. They managed to get House leaders to agree to a plan to defund Obamacare. But after that, Cruz announced he wouldn't be able to move the idea in the Senate. Cruz now has to deal with the proposal as it comes to the Senate floor.
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After The Floods, Colorado Hospital Braces For Winter

A hospital in Estes Park, Colo., escaped the flood damage that affected much of the area this month. But the small hospital in the mountains now relies on a single road to evacuate critical patients. A bad snowstorm could stop traffic and ground helicopters, leaving the hospital isolated.
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Could Detectives Use Microbes To Solve Murders?

Long after we die, many of the microscopic creatures living in and on us continue to thrive. In field experiments, forensic scientists are tracking changes in communities of microbes on human remains that could one day serve as clues.

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