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Week in Pictures | March 2, 2012

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Vermont contemplates a single-payer health care system, medical fraud fights the law and the law wins, and Republican politics get even more complicated. This and more in this week’s Week in Pictures. 

State Sen. Kevin De Leon, D-Los Angeles, right, accompanied by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, responds to a question concerning a bill to provide a private-sector worker retirement savings plan, in Sacramento, Calif. Under the proposed legislation, SB1234 would require employers with five or more employees to enroll their workers into a state-run personal pension program where employers would put in 3 percent of an employee’s wage. Workers can opt out if they choose.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

In this photograph taken by AP Images for AIDS Healthcare Foundation, guests attend the Condom & HIV testing event at the ‘Project Red Dress’ Fundraiser for the Sin Sity Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence at the World Market Center on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 in Las Vegas. The AIDS Health Care Foundation launched a “Condom Nation” tour to help promote condom use in an effort to reduce the HIV/STD infection rate. The initiative, which also involves free screenings and education sessions, spans 25-states, during a six-month nationwide tour. (Jeff Bottari/AP Images for AIDS Healthcare Foundation)

An elderly Romanian man tries to sell flowers in the streets of Bucharest, Romania, Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012. Retirees, sometimes from villages on the outskirts of the Romanian capital, struggling on small pensions, try to take advantage of the widely spread custom of offering flowers on March 1 to celebrate the arrival of spring and make some extra money.With America’s rapidly aging workforce, a social security system in peril and many private retirement funds decimated by the economic collapse could this be a harbinger of things to come? (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Speaker Shap Smith, center, talks with lawmakers about detail on a health care bill Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 in Montpelier, Vt. The Vermont House is debating the next big step on the march Gov. Peter Shumlin and legislative leaders have launched toward a single-payer health care system for Vermont. The House on Thursday will debate a bill that would set up a new health insurance exchange — or state marketplace for insurance coverage — in compliance with the federal health reform law passed two years ago. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

W. Rick Copeland, Director of Medical Fraud Control Unit of the Office of the Texas Attorney General, stands next to a chart outlining a healthcare fraud scheme during a news conference Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, in Dallas. Officials announced federal charges in what they called the largest case of medical fraud in U.S. history involving $375 million. On Wednesday, Feb.29, 2012, another fraud case was announced in New York where members of a crime ring sought to steal $279 million from private insurance companies (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, greets supporters at his election watch party after winning the Michigan primary in Novi, Mich., Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) stands outside the door to her office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday night, Feb. 28, 2012, before she talked about her decision not to run for re-election this fall. An increasingly polarized Congress and a shift to social issues as a top priority within the GOP propelled her choice. The New York Times reported on Thursday, March 1, 2012 that a prime example and probable last straw for Snowe was the Republican plan for a vote that would allow employers the right to withdraw healthcare coverage based on religious and moral beliefs. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)


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