Children and Youth

FILE - In this May 5, 2010, file photo, Mary and Joe Thompson stand with their children Sarah, center, Andrew, right, and Emily, front, at their home in Overland Park, Kansas. Mary Thompson was sure the health care law would finally let them get Emily on the family’s health insurance. Insurers had repeatedly rejected Emily due to a birth defect now largely overcome. The law requires insurers to accept children regardless of pre-existing health problems, a safeguard that will extend to people of all ages in 2014. But because Emily’s father is self-employed and the family buys its own coverage, things didn’t work out as expected. A year after President Barack Obama signed his health care overhaul, the law remains so divisive that Americans can’t even agree what to call it. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
FILE - In this May 5, 2010, file photo, Mary and Joe Thompson stand with their children Sarah, center, Andrew, right, and Emily, front, at their home in Overland Park, Kansas. Mary Thompson was sure the health care law would finally let them get Emily on the family’s health insurance. Insurers had repeatedly rejected Emily due to a birth defect now largely overcome. The law requires insurers to accept children regardless of pre-existing health problems, a safeguard that will extend to people of all ages in 2014. But because Emily’s father is self-employed and the family buys its own coverage, things didn’t work out as expected. A year after President Barack Obama signed his health care overhaul, the law remains so divisive that Americans can’t even agree what to call it. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

WASHINGTON -- One year after President Barack Obama signed his historic health care overhaul, the law is taking root in the land. Whether it bears lasting fruit is still in question.


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