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States get a say on health benefits in Obama’s law
San Francisco Chronicle

The Obama administration on Friday rolled out a benefits framework for millions of people who will get private insurance through the health care overhaul, but states will decide the specifics. The new law calls for the federal government to set a basic benefits package for private insurance. But that’s tricky territory for the administration as it tries to avoid the “big brother” label on health care. Obama will be defending his signature domestic law on two fronts next year — before the Supreme Court and the voters.