While most states are scrambling to comply with the Affordable Care Act, Florida has a different, high-stakes strategy. Republican leaders are betting that the Supreme Court will strike down the law, and have rejected and returned federal grants to help develop a health care exchange.
Call it what you will — the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare — the historic law and its insurance requirement signed by the president in March 2010 has spawned heated political debates, multimillion-dollar special interest advertising campaigns and a slew of lawsuits with mixed outcomes.
The uninsured have a particular stake in next week's Supreme Court hearings on the federal health law. Residents of a largely conservative region in California where 1 out of every 3 people lack coverage share their attitudes toward "Obamacare."
Democrats were quick to attack House Republicans' budget plan, which calls for an overhaul of the program. Leading the charge is Vice President Joe Biden, who told senior citizens in Florida not to be fooled. Republicans, though, see the proposal as necessary for the next generation.
People gathered around the country Friday to protest the Department of Health and Human Services' mandate on birth control coverage. They're also protesting what they see as a wider abridgment of religious liberties. While the protesters don't reflect most Americans' views, they do represent the views of evangelicals.
Yesterday, a federal judge ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to proceed with a 1977 plan to outlaw the use of certain antibiotics as growth promotion drugs for livestock. American farmers are unsure about how this could impact their industry, but there's a real-world example that provides some answers: Europe, and specifically Denmark.
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