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2nd Debate Dials Back Healthcare Focus

October 16th, 2012 – While the Affordable Care Act (ACA also known as ObamaCare) was perhaps the hottest issue of the first presidential debate, health insurance was far from a focal point in last night’s second debate between President Barrack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.

Mitt Romney did fire off a few barbs about healthcare including, “Obama said he’d reform Medicare and Social Security. He hasn’t even made a proposal for either one. He said middle-income families would have a reduction in their health insurance premiums, it’s gone up by $2,500 a year. If ObamaCare is implemented fully, it will be another $2,500 on top.”

When asked about boosting job growth, Romney said that he talked to small business owners who said the ACA “keeps them from hiring more people.” Romney added that “there’s no question that ObamaCare has been an extraordinary deterrent” to small businesses. Romney reiterated his plan to repeal the ObamaCare if elected.

Obama mentioned a provision in the ACA that would provide contraceptive coverage and preventive services without a copay for women.  Obama also criticized Romney for shifting positions on universal health coverage, pointing out that Romney signed a health care law in Massachusetts that is nearly identical to the Affordable Care Act.

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