By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - As the U.S. Supreme Court takes on a make-or-break Obamacare case this week, a growing number of U.S. patients and their doctors are already devising a Plan B in case they lose medical coverage. The Court's ruling, expected by late June, will determine whether millions of Americans will keep receiving federal subsidies to help them pay for private health insurance under President Barack Obama's healthcare law. The White House, which said it is confident the justices will rule in favor of the subsidies that are a key element of Obamacare, said it has no immediate fix if the decision goes the other way. Worried about newly-insured patients such as those who have just begun treatment for cancer or other serious illnesses, they are dusting off playbooks they retired when Obamacare slashed the number of uninsured people.
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France faulted by rights body over failure on child-smacking
Europe's leading human right's body, the Council of Europe, faulted France on Wednesday for failing to impose a clear ban on slapping and all other forms of corporal punishment of children. The Council, based in the eastern French city of Strasbourg, said it had repeatedly chided France over this matter for failing to adhere to the legally binding rules of a convention called the European Social Charter. If France continues to fail to fall into line, it could face institutional sanctions including a ban on voting the Council's motions, being excluded from certain committees and, theoretically, being deprived of its seat on the Council. "I consider that France today has the laws which allow it to fight against the mistreatment of children," said Laurence Rossignol, secretary of state for the family.
(Reuters) - The Alabama Supreme Court ordered probate judges on Tuesday to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in apparent defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court, underscoring the depth of opposition to gay matrimony in the socially conservative state. The 7-1 ruling comes roughly three weeks after U.S. District Judge Callie Granade's decision overturning Alabama's ban on gay marriage went into effect after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to put it on hold. "As it has done for approximately two centuries, Alabama law allows for 'marriage' between only one man and one woman," Tuesday's state supreme court ruling said.
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