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“Mr. San­to­rum is scor­ing on the stump with his warn­ings about the threat to free­dom posed by Oba­macare. … This will be a cru­cial is­sue for Repub­li­cans in Novem­ber be­cause it re­flects the great Amer­i­can fault line over the role of gov­ern­ment. Yet the is­sue has be­dev­iled Mr. Rom­ney be­cause of his re­fusal to dis­tance him­self from Rom­n­ey­care in Mas­sachusetts and to say more than his cur­sory line that he’ll ‘repeal Oba­macare.’” —Wall Street Jour­nal

“Florida law­mak­ers are tak­ing an ax to health pro­grams to bal­ance the state bud­get. House and Se­nate bud­get ne­go­tia­tors agreed to chop at least $300 mil­lion out of pay­ments to hos­pi­tals and nurs­ing homes. … Law­mak­ers could have soft­ened the blow to the state’s health­care sys­tem by ac­cept­ing more than $400 mil­lion in fed­eral funds to in­crease pay­ments to pri­mary-care physi­cians for treat­ing Med­i­caid pa­tients. If more doc­tors in Florida took on those pa­tients, fewer would wind up in hos­pi­tals. But the wind­fall is as­so­ci­ated with the fed­eral Af­ford­able Care Act—the dreaded ‘Oba­macare’ to its crit­ics.” —Or­lando (Fla.) Sen­tinel

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