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Neal: Affordable Care Act Troubles Could Harm Agenda

Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal, a Democrat who represents the Pioneer Valley and the Berkshires, says the troubled rollout of the Affordable Care Act threatens to slow progress on President Obama’s other domestic goals. But Neal also says on WAMC’s Congressional Corner program that the latest opposition to the law is coming from a familiar place.

“I think that the national news media is now trying to make the argument that because Obamacare from a technical sense has not gotten off the ground the way it was anticipated to, that the rest of the agenda was hobbled," he says. "So I think that he needs to be mindful, and I’m sure he is, of that problem but not to miss the following point. Many of the people who are now complaining that the system has not worked are going out of their way to make sure it didn’t work.”

Dr. Alan Chartock is professor emeritus at the University at Albany. He hosts the weekly Capitol Connection series, heard on public radio stations around New York. The program, for almost 12 years, highlighted interviews with Governor Mario Cuomo and now continues with conversations with state political leaders. Dr. Chartock also appears each week on The Media Project and The Roundtable and offers commentary on Morning Edition, weekdays at 7:40 a.m..
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