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Health Insurers Move Ahead, With Or Without Individual Mandate

With all the attention focused on the Supreme Court hearings on the fate of the Affordable Care Act, it might seem that the future of all reforms to the health care system is in the balance. But some in the insurance industry say many changes are already in motion.
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Caffeine Might Keep Moms Awake, But Not Their Babies

Coffee may help new moms stay awake, but it doesn't seem to affect breast-fed babies, Brazilian researchers conclude. Babies don't seem to metabolize caffeine the way older children and adults do.
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What's Inside The 26-Ingredient School Lunch Burger?

Thiamine mononitrate, disodium inosinate and pyridoxine hydrochloride are just a few of the hard-to-pronounce ingredients in a typical school lunch burger. But some schools are phasing processed food out and are bringing scratch cooking back to their kitchens.
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Babies Take Longer To Come Out Than They Did In Grandma's Day

The typical first-time mother takes 6 1/2 hours to give birth these days. Her counterpart 50 years ago labored for barely four hours. That's a finding with big implications for current rates of cesarean sections.
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The Individual Mandate's Growth In Unpopularity

The Supreme Court case against President Obama's health care law may come down to one big legal question: Can the government require every American to buy health insurance? Many Americans say no, but a former White House spokesman says that's because they don't fully understand the law. And an individual mandate was even once proposed by Republicans.
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Supreme Court Review: Justices Take On Health Care

This past week at the Supreme Court, judges heard three days of arguments on President Obama's health care law. The justices asked questions to decide whether the Affordable Care Act overreaches the Constitution. NPR's Nina Totenberg and Julie Rovner review the week's events with host Scott Simon.

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