Obama blasts re­peal ef­forts: ‘Law I passed is here to stay’

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Pres­i­dent Barack Obama blasted ef­forts to re­peal his health­care law and to re­place it with Re­pub­li­can-backed alternatives. “I’ll work with any­body who wants to work with me to con­tinue to im­prove our health­care sys­tem and our health­care laws,” Obama said at a Maumee, Ohio, cam­paign rally. “But the law I passed is here to stay.” He said re­peal­ing the law would mean re­duced in­surance cov­er­age and the re­turn of un­pop­u­lar in­surance un­der­writ­ing prac­tices. Obama also crit­i­cized a Re­pub­li­can pro­posal to re­duce Medi­care’s long-term costs by pro­vid­ing pre­mium sub­si­dies for ben­e­fi­cia­ries who opt out of the tra­di­tional pro­gram and buy cov­er­age from pri­vate in­sur­ers in a Medi­care ex­change. “We’re not go­ing to al­low Medi­care to be turned into a voucher sys­tem,” he said. Con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans and Mitt Rom­ney, the Re­pub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, have re­newed their calls for re­peal and re­place­ment of the 2010 health­care over­haul since the U.S. Supreme Court up­held much of it June 28. Obama also urged Repub­li­cans to end the po­lit­i­cal fight over the health­care law and fo­cus on ex­pand­ing in­surance cov­er­age. At least five Re­pub­li­can gov­er­nors have promised to block any Med­i­caid ex­pan­sion in their state, which is the method the law uses to in­sure at least 16 mil­lion more peo­ple (See story, p. 6). The court de­ci­sion al­lowed states to de­cline the ex­pan­sion without the threat of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment elim­i­nat­ing all of their Med­i­caid fund­ing.


Obama crit­i­cized a Re­pub­li­can pro­posal to re­duce Medi­care’s long-term costs.

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