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Last updated on Thursday, July 3, 2014, 9:21 am

Tom Hayes

A Mid-Term Look at Health Reform (OPINION)

It seems like only yesterday the crash of HealthCare.gov was front and center in headlines across the country and it appeared, if only for a moment, this monumental reform legislation known as the Affordable Care Act, would stumble and fall coming out of the starting gate. A lot has happened — and not happened — since October 1. The wave of relief felt by the uninsured, with the website glitches resolved and online marketplace open, was quickly replaced by panic and disbelief by those who already had health coverage. Millions of Americans received letters from their insurers terminating their current policies — soon to be replaced by government-mandated, one-size-fits-all coverage. And in many cases these replacement policies were markedly more expensive. The outcry prompted... [ MORE ]

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Arkansas voters will decide in a few weeks whether to increase the state's minimum wage. If you had to vote today, would you vote to raise minimum wage in Arkansas from $6.25 to $8.50 by 2017?

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