Obama challenges Republicans to offer alternatives to health act

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 31 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1277
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

President Barack Obama used his annual State of the Union address to Congress to tout the successes of the Affordable Care Act and challenge Congressional Republicans to present their alternatives to the law, which they have voted more than 40 times to repeal since it passed in 2010.

Since the health insurance marketplaces opened last October, more than nine million people had obtained either private insurance or Medicaid coverage, he noted. He also pointed out that under the law no one …

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