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Obama vows to defend key elements of Affordable Care Act

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 06 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6688
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

President Barack Obama said on 5 November that he was open to hearing ideas from Republicans on reforming the Affordable Care Act but that he would use his executive powers to defend its key elements.

Obama made his comments in a press conference called the day after an election day rout in which Republicans took control of the US Senate and expanded their majority in the House of Representatives.1

“There are certainly some lines I’m going to draw,” the president said. “Repeal of the law, I won’t sign. Efforts that would take away healthcare from the 10 million …

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