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News US Election 2016

Obamacare and abortion under threat, but soda tax and marijuana laws are passed in some states

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 16 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6138
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. Seattle

It’s not just Obamacare that is likely to change as a result of last week’s election. Michael McCarthy rounds up the policy winners and losers

The sweep by Republicans in the US elections that secured the presidency and both houses of Congress gave them a free hand to overturn President Barack Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act.1

During the campaign Donald Trump said that, if elected, he would call a special session of Congress to “repeal and replace” the 2010 health reform law, often called Obamacare, which Trump has described as “a catastrophe.” In an interview since being becoming president elect Trump said that he wanted to retain at least two popular provisions of the law: that prohibiting insurers from denying coverage …

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