By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court will weigh a second major case targeting President Barack Obama's healthcare law on Wednesday when it considers a conservative challenge to tax subsidies critical to the measure's implementation. If a majority of the nine justices rules against the administration, up to 7.5 million people in at least 34 states would lose subsidies that help low- and moderate-income people afford private health insurance, unless Congress or the affected states act immediately. Such a ruling could also have a broader impact by deterring younger, healthier people from buying health insurance, which would lead to premiums rising for older, less healthy people who need healthcare most, said Rand Corporation economist Christine Eibner. The Democratic-backed law, narrowly passed by Congress over unified Republican opposition, aimed to help millions of Americans who lacked any health insurance afford coverage.
LONDON (AP) — Predictions of doom for the Dowager Countess of Grantham may be premature.
Most penises are normal, more research says
By Kathryn Doyle Reuters Health - Many men are self-conscious about their penis size. This may be the most accurate estimate so far, according to Dr. Gordon Muir of King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in London, coauthor of the new study. Muir and his coauthors set out to create “nomograms” of flaccid and erect penis size measurements, excluding men with erectile dysfunction, past surgery or abnormalities. “We are particularly aware that many men with normal penis size can feel inadequate or ashamed, and this paper should allow specialists to reassure them.” “We also hope that men may be spared unnecessary and harmful surgery, which some less reputable surgeons still promote,” he added.
By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) - The long-running process of choosing a jury to hear the trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is due to wrap up on Tuesday with the judge and lawyers for both sides selecting the panel of 12 jurors and six alternates. Tsarnaev could be sentenced to death if he is convicted, a fact that made jury selection in the federal trial challenging in Massachusetts, where state laws do not allow for capital punishment and the practice is unpopular.
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