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The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday handed the Obama administration a major victory on health care, ruling 6-3 that nationwide subsidies called for in the Affordable Care Act are legal.

"Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them," the court's majority said in the opinion, which was written by Chief Justice John Roberts. But they acknowledged that "petitioners' arguments about the plain meaning ... are strong."

A total of 16.4 million non-elderly adults have gained health insurance coverage since the Affordable Care Act became law five years ago this month. It's a reduction in the ranks of the uninsured the the Department of Health and Human Services called historic.

Don Benfield of Taylorsville, N.C., makes $11 an hour working for a mobile-home parts business, selling things like replacement doors and windows.

Benfield, 51, doesn't have health insurance.

"I haven't had health care insurance in years, simply because I haven't been able to afford it, especially with food prices, how they went up," he explains.

Benfield's employer does offer health insurance coverage, even though, with fewer than 50 employees, the business is not required to.

Democratic Senator Mark Udall and Republican Congressman Cory Gardner had a spirited debate Tuesday night hosted by The Denver Post. Both candidates are locked in a tight race and both stayed on message in the hour-long debate.

Udall attacked Gardner as extreme and out of touch, Gardner criticized Udall for being in lockstep with President Barack Obama.

Two contradictory rulings on Obamacare subsidies don’t affect the Colorado insurance marketplace.

Politico reports one of the U.S. Court of Appeals rulings upholds the subsidies while the other strikes them down for millions of Americans who get coverage under the federal health exchange.

"Here in Colorado we are very fortunate that in 2011 our state legislature on a bipatrisain bases opted to create a state based marketplace," said Linda Gann who works on the Western Slope for Connect for Health Colorado, the state’s exchange.


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Affordable Care Act: What to Expect

Nov 12, 2012

One of the major developments stemming from the election is that the health care law will go forward. In Colorado, up to half a million more people are expected to get health insurance. But there are still many Americans who don’t understand what it means to them. From Colorado Public News, Carol McKinley reports on what to expect.