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The Latest: A cancer survivor celebrates health law ruling

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The Latest on the Supreme Court’s decision on President Barack Obama‘s health care overhaul. (All times Eastern) ___ 12:20 p.m. The Supreme Court ruling on the health law comes as a huge relief for 55-year-old Shawn Turner of Cisco in central Illinois. She finished chemotherapy for uterine cancer last summer and now has regular follow-up scans to make sure the cancer is gone. She and her husband pay $236 a month for health coverage and the government pays the insurance…

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U.S. Supreme Court decides King v. Burwell: ACA subsidies remain for all

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In a major victory for the Obama administration, tax subsidies are available to all those who enroll in an Obamacare plan whether it was purchased through a state or federal health insurance exchange, the U.S. Supreme Court said in a 6-3 ruling, affirming the decision of the Fourth Circuit court. The decision in King v. Burwell would have jeopardized upward of 1.28 million people in Florida who signed up for health care through the federal exchange and received tax credits. King v. Burwell challenged…

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Legislature wants to tax your blunt wrappers

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More news on Florida’s war on potheads. The Senate Finance and Tax Committee unanimously approved a “blunt wrap” tax Tuesday. The type of rolling paper used to wrap cigars (or giant joints) would be subject to tobacco taxes under the proposed law. Here’s the deal: Lawmakers really, really wants to tax your blunt wrappers. But they’ve hit some bumps. A court found earlier this year that the flavored wrappers could not be taxed the same as tobacco because they aren’t actually a tobacco product. The…

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Charlie Justice: Bottled water is ‘a rich man’s drink’

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In an effort to generate more revenue, Florida legislators are considering a special excise tax on bottled water. “Nobody really needs to drink bottled water,” argued tax advocate, Senator Evelyn Lynn (R-Ormond Beach). “Municipal water systems provide all the water people need.” Bipartisan support came from Senator Charlie Justice who characterized bottled water as “a rich man’s drink. If a person can afford to buy bottled water then he can afford to pay a tax on it.”  I read this story…

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Charlie Justice: Bottled water is ‘a rich man’s drink’

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In an effort to generate more revenue, Florida legislators are considering a special excise tax on bottled water. “Nobody really needs to drink bottled water,” argued tax advocate, Senator Evelyn Lynn (R-Ormond Beach). “Municipal water systems provide all the water people need.” Bipartisan support came from Senator Charlie Justice who characterized bottled water as “a rich man’s drink. If a person can afford to buy bottled water then he can afford to pay a tax on it.”  I read this story…

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