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In this Dec. 20, 2013 photo, Fire Chief Darrel Fournier speaks to a reporter in Freeport, Maine. Fire chiefs and lawmakers are working to protect the system of volunteer firefighting that has served rural America for more than a century but is threatened by an ambiguity in President Barack Obama’s health care law. The volunteers are considered employees for tax purposes, leaving open the question of whether they fall under the health care law’s requirement that employers with more than 50 workers provide insurance for them. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

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