Daily Rounds: Lasting Obamacare Changes; Shrinking Coverage; Feticide Case; Mum On Mass.

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Gains in health system seen as lasting by some (The New York Times) - "The new health care law is already transforming the way care is delivered, and the changes will continue regardless of how the Supreme Court rules on the mandate for most Americans to carry health insurance, a Democratic senator and an Obama administration official said Tuesday. The comments by the senator, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, and the official, Dr. Richard J. Gilfillan, director of the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, indicated how Democrats were preparing for a Supreme Court ruling on the 2010 law."

Health insurance cutbacks squeeze the insured (NPR) - "What happened to Cooper is happening more and more these days. Drew Altman is president and CEO of the Kaiser Family Foundation. "Beneath the surface what health insurance is in the country has been changing really dramatically. And just in plain language it's becoming skimpier and skimpier and less and less comprehensive," said Drew Altman of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a private, non-profit, non-partisan research group."

Woman charged in death of fetus is out of jail (NPR-Shots) - "Shuai, a Chinese immigrant who lives in Indiana, is still facing charges of murder and feticide following a failed suicide attempt in December 2010, when she was 33 weeks pregnant.  Shuai's case has galvanized women's groups across the country. They say that if she is convicted, it could set a precedent for further prosecutions on pregnant women for behaviors that could potentially endanger their fetuses."

Obamacare's future, Romneycare's past (The New Republic) - "You’d think the Massachusetts story would be the focus of a lot of debate right now, given that Mitt Romney signed these reforms into law while he was governor and President Obama used the Massachusetts scheme as a model for what became the Affordable Care Act. But Romney hasn’t talked much about what’s actually happened in Massachusetts, because he’s too busy arguing that the idea he once promoted so enthusiastically is a terrible idea for the rest of the country. That's too bad, because Romneycare’s record is genuinely impressive."

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