Obama asks Republicans to show ‘political courage’ on healthcare

Former US President Barack Obama has urged Republican lawmakers to show “political courage” and save his signature health insurance program, which covers some 20 million Americans.

Obama made the remarks while receiving the John F. Kennedy “Profile in Courage” Award in Boston, Massachusetts, on Sunday, three days after the US House of Representatives narrowly passed a repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

No Democrats backed President Donald Trump’s American Health Care Act (AHCA), and some 20 Republicans voted in opposition. Most of the Republican politicians have long vowed to repeal Obamacare.

“I’ve been thinking on this notion on political courage this weekend, in particular about some of the men and women who were elected to Congress the year I was elected to the White House,” Obama said.

“Many of them were new to Washington, had their entire careers ahead of them and in that very first term they…

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