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Congressional Obamacare Sparring Matches Continue At Home

Both sides of the political aisle in Washington are continuing their Obamacare sparring sessions at home in their districts during the August recess with town hall meetings and debates on the law taking spotlight.

Los Angeles Times: Sen. Boxer Promotes Health Care Reform During Visit To Los Angeles
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) attacked Republicans on Thursday for their repeated attempts to repeal Obamacare, saying threats to shut down the government or limit the debt ceiling are irresponsible and ineffective. … Despite the continued discussions about repeal, Boxer said the states and federal government are moving forward with the Affordable Care Act and plan to begin enrolling people in new coverage options in October (Gorman, 8/22).

Texas Tribune/KUT News: With Spotlight On Cruz, Doggett Touts Health Care Law
As U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz brought his effort to defund the Affordable Care Act to Texas this week, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, tried to drum up support for the law during a visit to East Austin (Zaragovia, 8/22).

The Associated Press: Ham Breakfast Turns Into Debate On Health Care Law
Sen. Mitch McConnell and Gov. Steve Beshear squared off in a spirited debate about the federal health care law Thursday at the Kentucky Country Ham Breakfast. Beshear predicted that the law will work in Kentucky to expand coverage and fight chronic health problems. He accused the law's critics of spending more time seeking its repeal than striving to improve public health (Schreiner, 8/22).

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