President Obama signs the Affordable Care Act in the East Room of the White House on March 23, 2010. Data suggest that racial attitudes of ordinary Americans shape both how they feel about the health care overhaul and how intense those feelings are. <em></em>
As the Supreme Court gets ready to hear a case involving the constitutionality of President Obama's health care overhaul, social scientists are asking a disturbing — and controversial — question: Do the intense feelings about the health care overhaul among ordinary Americans stem from their philosophical views about the appropriate role of government, or from their racial attitudes about the signature policy of the country's first black president?
Linda Conlin, 49, of Longmont, left, gets help from Ailsa Wonnacott, right, in dealing with hospital bills she can't pay because she is disabled. Wonnacott is head of the Association for Community Living in Boulder County.
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Colorado hospitals charge their highest prices to the poorest, uninsured patients. That practice is now likely to end by late summer.