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In Arkansas Race, Candidates Spar Over Who Hates The Health Law More

The two Republican rivals are both campaigning on their zeal to repeal the health law. Meanwhile, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., says during the Sunday talk shows that he expects modifications to the health law to iron out its kinks will be necessary at some point down the road.

The Associated Press: Arkansas GOP Grapples With Health Law Fight
Lt. Gov. Mark Darr and state House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman won office three years ago riding an anti-Obama wave, with both vowing to kill the president's signature health care law. Now that they're both seeking a south Arkansas congressional seat, the two rivals are clashing over who hates the health overhaul more. Both say they want the law repealed and are touting their credentials as Republicans who have battled the overhaul at the state level (DeMillo, 8/18).

The Hill: Van Hollen Open To Modifying ObamaCare 'Down The Road'
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said Sunday that he is open to changing some of the provisions contained within ObamaCare once the healthcare law was implemented. Van Hollen, a supporter of the law, said it was important for the reforms to go into effect and that any kinks could be ironed out further down the road (Yager, 8/18).

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