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Haves and have-nots as health care markets open

Posted on October 3, 2013 at 12:47 pm

RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press   WASHINGTON (AP) — Having health insurance used to hinge on where you worked and what your medical history said. Soon that won’t matter, with open-access markets for subsidized coverage coming Oct. 1 under President Barack Obama’s overhaul. But there’s a new wild card, something that didn’t seem so critical when Congress passed the Affordable Care Act back in 2010: where you live. Entrenched political divisions

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    Posted on October 3, 2013 at 12:43 pm

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    Posted on September 27, 2013 at 1:22 pm

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