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Obama urges Republicans to help improve health reform law

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 21 October 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5702
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

Barack Obama, the outgoing US president, has called on Republicans to abandon their uncompromising opposition to the Affordable Care Act and work with the next president to improve the 2010 health reform law.

Speaking on 20 October in Miami, Florida, Obama charged that Republicans had continued to seek to repeal the law—commonly called “Obamacare”—despite its successes, in part because “a Democratic president named Barack Obama passed the law.”

“Maybe now that I'm leaving office, maybe Republicans can stop with the 60-something repeal votes they’ve taken . . . and just work …

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