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Ruling on health care law may affect Medicare

Administration warns payment system may stall

WASHINGTON - Medicare’s payment system, the unseen but vital network that handles 100 million monthly claims, could freeze up if President Obama’s health care law is summarily overturned, the administration has quietly informed the courts.

Although Obama’s overhaul made significant cuts to providers and improved prescription and preventive benefits, Medicare was overlooked in Supreme Court arguments that focused on the law’s controversial requirement that individuals carry health insurance.

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