State GOP wary as Republicans push repeal of health care law

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ATLANTA, Ga (AP) — The looming health care debate in Washington could have widespread political effects around the country.

Some Republican governors worry their GOP colleagues in Congress could strip insurance benefits from voters back home. Democrats express similar concerns.

But Democrats also see political opportunity should the issue inflame voters who for six years have blamed President Barack Obama and his party for their frustrations on a sensitive policy matter.

Now, it will be President-elect Donald Trump and the Republicans who run Congress and most statehouses who must answer for the health care marketplace.

Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan still promise to repeal and replace the law Republicans deride as “Obamacare.” Democrats say the GOP can’t actually satisfy their conservative base and still keep the law’s most popular provisions.

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