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The Fight for Health Care Isn’t Over

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The Supreme Court’s decision upholding health insurance subsidies for low-income Americans in every state will almost certainly not stop attempts by Republicans to destroy or impede the Affordable Care Act piece by piece.

The law as a whole seems safe from repeal as long as President Obama remains in the White House and can veto changes that would be truly destructive. But there are myriad ways the current Republican Congress, future Congresses or a future Republican president could subvert important elements of the law or render it inoperative.

The main effect of the court’s 6-to-3 decision is to guarantee that financial help, in the form of tax-credit subsidies, is available to all those who qualify for help, regardless of whether they buy coverage on a health insurance exchange that is operated by the federal government or on one operated by a state government.

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Supreme Court Rejects Obamacare Lawsuit, Preserving Insurance For Millions

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The latest and possibly the last serious effort to cripple Obamacare through the courts has just failed.

On Thursday, for the second time in three years, the Supreme Court rejected a major lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act — thereby preserving the largest expansion in health coverage since the creation of Medicare and Medicaid half a century ago.

The stakes of the case, King v. Burwell, were enormous. Had the plaintiffs prevailed, millions of people who depend upon the Affordable Care Act for insurance would have lost financial assistance from the federal government. Without that money, most of them would have had to give up coverage altogether. And the loss of so many customers would have forced insurers to raise premiums, seriously disrupting state insurance markets.

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A Chinese Miner With a Heart of Gold

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He Quangui spends his days in a bed connected to a battered oxygen machine that pumps air into his lungs. The monotonous sound is punctuated only by his gasping cough. Like many of his fellow villagers in a mountainous area of Shaanxi Province in China, he answered the government’s call to leave his farm and make a better living as a migrant worker in the 1990s.

He went to work in an illegal gold mine, which, while helping fuel China’s growing economy, cost him dearly: He has silicosis, a form of pneumoconiosis, China’s most common occupational disease.

Today, when he leaves his bed, he often collapses, unable to breathe. There are treatments that could prolong his life and ease the suffering, but he has neither money nor benefits after his seven years working in the mines.

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He Quangui, a former gold miner, is slowly dying of silicosis — an irreversible but preventable lung disease he contracted from years of working in small, unregulated mines in Henan Province in central China. Since he became ill 10 years ago, his wife, Mi Shixiu, 36, has had to take care of his every need. When he is too sickly to walk, she carries him, even up flights of stairs.

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Double Arm Transplant Recipient: ‘A Restoration Of My Life’

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Seven months after his successful double arm transplant, a recovering quadruple amputee shares his story of loss and remarkable recovery.

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6 tech hacks to master your work/life balance

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Hearing more chatter — either at home or at work, or both — about work/life balance?

You’re not alone.

While the concept of a balance between your work and your play has been around for decades, more companies today, especially startups, are putting work/life balance at the forefront of their recruiting.

As new policies enter the workplace, employees are also engineering their own methods to balance their careers and social lives.

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Should you floss before or after brushing your teeth?

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Before, after, morning or night actually doesn’t matter. As long as you do it at least once every day, you’re going to minimize the nasty bacteria clinging to your teeth, says Matthew J. Messina an American Dental Association spokesperson and private practice dentist in Cleveland.

“I am happy if people floss at any time in a 24 hour period, says Messina.”The bacteria around the teeth organize themselves as colonies and [flossing] stirs them up. If we get in there and stir them up every 24 hours we render them less dangerous.”

The American Dental Association recommends that people floss daily and brush twice a day.

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The Definition For ‘Problem Drinking’ Has Changed. Here’s Why That Matters

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Problem drinking is more pervasive and less frequently treated than previously thought, thanks to an updated definition of what constitutes “alcohol use disorder.”

A study published on June 3 in the journal JAMA Psychiatry surveyed U.S. adults 18 and older on their alcohol consumption habits between 2012 and 2013. Results were analyzed using the definition of alcohol use disorder in the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which was published in 2013.

While older editions divided alcohol use disorder into two categories, alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence, the new definition eliminated categories. Instead, it measures alcohol use disorder using a spectrum of abuse criteria ranging from mild to severe.

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