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Thursday, March 02, 2017

Trump to Congress on Obamacare: 'Action' is not a choice

President Trump urged Congress Tuesday night to take "action" on repealing Obamacare, making a public re-commitment to do away with the healthcare law despite all the difficulties that poses.

"Obamacare is collapsing – and we must act decisively to protect all Americans," Trump said in his first address to a joint session of Congress. "Action is not a choice – it is a necessity."

Trump laid out his most detailed vision yet as president of what a replacement to the Affordable Care Act should look like. Most notably, he didn't explicitly say the law's Medicaid expansion should be rolled back, instead saying that states should get the flexibility to "make sure no one is left out."

Nor did Trump push for allowing the government to negotiate lower prices with the pharmaceutical industry for Medicare drugs, something he called for on the campaign trail. Instead, he called for medical malpractice reforms to bring down the overall cost of insurance and medications.

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