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Obama praises Obamacare before the vote on its repeal

Rob Carr / AP

While Congress prepares to vote on the GOP health care bill which would repeal and replace Obamacare, former President Obama released a statement defending his hallmark legislation and celebrating the it's 7-year anniversary. He hailed the law's coverage of millions of Americans and refuted Trump's claims that Obamacare is a "job-killer" and in a "death spiral."

"So if Republicans are serious about lowering costs while expanding coverage to those who need it, and if they're prepared to work with Democrats and objective evaluators in finding solutions that accomplish those goals – that's something we all should welcome. But we should start from the baseline that any changes will make our health care system better, not worse for hardworking Americans. That should always be our priority."