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Obama promises to act on Medicare costs, medical research, and gun control

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 14 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1034
  1. Edward Davies
  1. 1New York

Barack Obama has pledged to reduce the cost of Medicare, invest in medical research, and review the laws on gun control in his state of the union speech on 12 February.

In a speech that began by discussing the country’s national debt, he acknowledged that “the biggest driver of our long term debt is the rising cost of healthcare for an aging population, and those of us who care deeply about programs like Medicare must embrace the need for modest reforms.”

He added, “On Medicare I’m prepared to enact reforms that will achieve the …

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