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Evan Vucci / AP

A spokesperson for President Barack Obama issued a statement regarding the Senate's failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act, saying that Obama "believes it is still possible for Congress to demonstrate the necessary bipartisanship and political courage" to improve upon the law together.

Summing it up: "The Affordable Care Act has always been about something bigger than politics — it's about the character of our country…It's about the dreams protected, and the untold misery and ruin prevented."

The full statement from Obama spokesperson, Kevin Lewis:

The Affordable Care Act has always been about something bigger than politics — it's about the character of our country. It's about the twenty million Americans and counting who've gained the security and peace of mind of health insurance, and the tens of millions more who benefited from upgrades like free preventive care, such as mammograms and vaccines, and improvements in the quality of care in hospitals that have averted more than 100,000 deaths so far. It's about the dreams protected, and the untold misery and ruin prevented.

Today, it remains that way because of everyone who mobilized, organized and made their voices heard. The Affordable Care Act has made America stronger and healthier, but there will always be more work to do. President Obama has always said we should build on this law, just as members of both parties worked together to improve Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid over the years. President Obama still believes that it is possible for Congress to demonstrate the necessary bipartisanship and political courage to keep delivering on the promise of quality, affordable health insurance for every American.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this post misidentified President Obama's spokesman and has since been updated.

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