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Republican election sweep is likely to spell end for US health reform law

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 09 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6045
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

In a stunning electoral sweep, Republicans in the United States have secured the presidency and both houses of Congress, giving them a free hand to overturn President Barack Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act, and to reform the US healthcare system along conservative, free market principles.

The Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump—who defied pre-election polls that put him well behind the Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton—secured the presidency, winning by 278 electoral votes to Clinton’s 218 of the results posted (496 of 538 electors) when this story was prepared. Republicans also secured a seat majority in the Senate, to maintain control of that chamber, and a majority in the House of Representatives. …

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