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Democrats vow to strengthen Medicare and Medicaid and preserve women’s health rights

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 10 September 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6103
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

The Democratic Party platform, adopted last week at its convention, says that “Americans should have the security that comes with good health care, and . . . no one should go broke because they get sick” and supports the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s 2010 healthcare legislation.1 In their own platform the Republicans have sworn to repeal the act.2

“Women’s rights are civil rights,” the Democratic platform says. Women make up more than half of US voters, and polls indicate that they lean towards Obama. The Democratic platform supports a woman’s right to have an abortion, while calling for education to reduce numbers of unplanned pregnancies and abortions. The Republicans’ platform would ban abortions, although their presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, said that he would support exceptions for rape, incest, and a woman’s …

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