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Long legal fight ahead for health law

WASHINGTON - The scorecard on the legal fight over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is two judges in favor and one against. But these are the early rounds in preliminary bouts. The one that really counts - a showdown at the Supreme Court - is at least a year away.

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Republicans stand by transplant funding cuts (access required)

Like many states grappling with record-breaking budget deficits, Arizona has had to cut back on its health care and social services. What makes Arizona unique is the extent it has gone to save money — by restricting coverage of certain transplant procedures, arguing that they are optional or palliative. Yet the cuts are putting vulnerable Arizonans at risk of dying without the money to pay for procedures that may save their lives.

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Like it or not, here comes ‘Obamacare’ (access required)

It’s a safe bet that Republicans in the Arizona Legislature never envisioned themselves as facilitators of the federal health care law. Yet, ironically, that’s exactly the role they may fill as they mull legislation to set the stage for what they have dubbed derisively “Obamacare.”

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