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Nov 16, 2014 1:55 AM

Obama: US public not misled on health care law

The Associated Press

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) President Barack Obama says the American public was not misled about certain provisions of his health care law.

A newly surfaced video shows an adviser in the law's drafting, MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, saying "the stupidity of the American voter" helped Democrats pass the complex legislation. Gruber made the comment in 2013 but it is adding to conservatives' current call to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Obama says there was no provision of the health care law that was not extensively debated and was not fully transparent.

Gruber has since disavowed the most controversial of his remarks. He says he spoke inappropriately and regrets the comments.

Obama spoke at a news conference in Australia Sunday wrapping up a weeklong trip to the Asia-Pacific region.


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