Opposition to healthcare law eases; 129 million Americans have pre-existing conditions;

> A new Associated Press poll shows that opposition to healthcare reform is easing, even as the House prepares to take a repeal vote. Article

> Despite pressure from regulators, Blue Shield of California said it would not delay the implementation of steep rate hikes on individual policyholders, reports the Sacaramento Bee. Article

> As many as 129 million Americans under the age of 65 have pre-existing conditions that could make it more difficult for them to obtain insurance, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, reports the Washington Post. Article

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