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Opinion: The State of the Union—Health Care Cannot Be Ignored

If you weren’t paying close attention to the State of the Union speech, you might have missed the parts about health care. In almost 7000 words of text, a total of 44 words were spent on the topic, a mere 0.6% for a subject accounting for more than one-sixth of the US economy. Medicare and Medicaid received 1 mention each, in the same sentence. Health care deserves greater attention from the president in his most prominent speech of the year.

Surprisingly, the Republican response wasn’t much different. Although cries for repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) garner cheers from some quarters on the campaign trail, no such calls were uttered by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. In fact, just as in the State of the Union, the ACA received almost no mention at all.

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