‘Oba­macare’ re­port come­back life­line to Trump and GOP

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

Sud­denly armed with fresh politi­cal am­mu­ni­tion, Don­ald Trump and anx­ious Repub­li­cans across the na­tion seized on spik­ing health care costs Tues­day in a fi­nal-days ef­fort to spark elec­tion mo­men­tum.

The Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee, trekking across must-win Florida, in­sisted “Oba­macare is just blow­ing up” af­ter the govern­ment pro­jected sharp cost in­creases for Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s sig­na­ture health care law. Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton, fight­ing to block Trump in the same bat­tle­ground state, has vowed to pre­serve in­surance for the mil­lions of Amer­i­cans cov­ered un­der the law, but her team de­scribed the cost surge as a “big con­cern.”

The re­newed em­pha­sis on health care gave bat­tered Repub­li­can House and Se­nate can­di­dates a brief respite af­ter painful ques­tions about their pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee, who has ques­tioned the in­tegrity of the U.S. elec­tion sys­tem while fac­ing per­sonal al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct.

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