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Four Americans and their brushes with Obamacare

Obamacare directly affects mainly those Americans who don’t get health insurance through their jobs. So far, some are happy. Some are furious. Many are scratching their heads. Here are four real-life stories that show some of what’s happening as health-care reform rolls out.

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US health care vs. socialized health care in 5 countries: The US spends almost twice as much on health care as countries like Canada, Japan, and most in Western Europe. 
Graphic: Jake Turcotte Research: Allison Terry

US health care vs. socialized health care in 5 countries: The US spends almost twice as much on health care as countries like Canada, Japan, and most in Western Europe. 

Graphic: Jake Turcotte Research: Allison Terry

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US Supreme Court’s decision vindicates President Obama’s insistence that his health-care reform law is constitutional. The political cost: Republicans can tap into public dislike of the law. 

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"Individuals who choose to go without health insurance are actively making an economic decision that affects all of us. When people without insurance obtain health care they cannot pay for, those with insurance and taxpayers are often left to pick up the tab."

Stephanie Cutter, assistant to the president, in a post on the White House blog Tuesday afternoon.

Lawyers representing 26 states are squaring off Wednesday morning against the Obama administration in a federal appeals court in Atlanta in the latest clash over the president’s health-care reform law.