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3:27 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Medical community finds good and bad in ruling

Medical providers are still processing today's long U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the federal health care law.  They see positives and negatives in the coming expansion of health care. Doctors and hospitals agree getting health coverage for more people is a good thing.

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2:44 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

NIU health care economist discusses Supreme Court ruling

Dr. James Ciesla, Ph. D.
www.niu.edu

Northern Illinois University health care economist James Ciesla says it's unclear yet just how many Illinoisans will benefit from the law being allowed to stand.

Ciesla said the Illinois Hospital Association estimates between 1.3 and 1.7 million people are uninsured, “so this ruling most directly affects those people.”

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Government
11:48 am
Thu June 28, 2012

GOP leaders decry ruling, call to oust Obama

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus

Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee for President, said the Supreme Court's health care ruling highlights why it's important to defeat President Obama in November.

Romney vowed that if he's elected, he would replace the national health care law with legislation that would allow patients to keep their doctors and ensure coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. Both of those provisions are contained in the existing law.

He did not mention the individual mandate, which is similar to one in a Massachusetts law that he signed while he was governor.

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Government
10:25 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Small business federation ‘disappointed’ in ruling

The Supreme Court’s decision today upholding the controversial Affordable Care Act and its individual mandate is a deep disappointment to small businesses everywhere, the head of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) said today.

 “While we are certainly disappointed, NFIB respects the decision to uphold the individual mandate by the Supreme Court,” said Dan Danner, President and CEO of the National Federation of Independent Business. “Clearly this mandate has now become a tax on all Americans and a broken campaign promise from President Obama not to raise taxes.

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Government
10:09 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Boehner says 'this harmful law' must be repealed

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio
http://boehner.house.gov/

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, says the Supreme Court ruling upholding the individual insurance requirement at the heart of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul shows the need to repeal the law.

“The president’s healthcare law is hurting our economy by driving up health costs and making it harder for small businesses to hire," he said. "Today’s ruling underscores the urgency of repealing this harmful law in its entirety.

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Government
9:55 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Rally in Chicago will celebrate decision

Several citizen action groups will hold a rally in Daley Plaza at 5 p.m. today praising the Supreme Court ruling as a “profound victory for American consumers.”

“With this seminal Supreme Court decision, the constitutional debate over the law ended and the quest toward affordable and accessible healthcare moved triumphantly forward,” according to a statement from Citizen Action/Illinois.

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Government
9:33 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Supreme Court upholds most of ‘Obamacare’

Initial accounts from various news organizations on the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to uphold most of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act were vague and sometimes confusing at best today.

Apparently trying to be first with the big news, CNN trumpeted that the individual mandate for everyone to have health insurance had been overturned. It later backed off the announcement as more of the opinions and statements were read in court.

Other news organizations held back for more and then proclaimed the mandate had been upheld as a tax.

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Government
9:29 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law

Enlarge David Goldman/AP

An officer stands outside the Supreme Court as media and the public gather Thursday.

Live updates about the Supreme Court's decision today that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional:

Update at 10:24 a.m. ET. The Lede:

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Government
7:34 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Heat forces changes in park activities

Early closures and complete cancellations are among the changes implemented by the Rockford Park District due to the anticipated heat today and tomorrow. They include playground activities, a reduced golf tournament, and athletic programs for youth.

The park district is instituting mandatory cooling breaks every 15 to 20 minutes for anyone – including staff -- involved in any outdoor programs or activities. Camp and playground programs have planned more water activities, and are taking frequent rest breaks.

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Government
7:22 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Illinois reaches temporary deal with state's largest union

Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois' largest public employees union have yet to agree on a new contract for 40, ooo state workers.  But they were able to temporarily extend the current contract, while talks continue.

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