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Obama campaign touts health care law's anniversary in Wisconsin

President Obama's campaign today marked the two-year anniversary of the federal health care reform law by touting the benefits that have already been put in place.

National campaign co-chair and former Dem U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold noted in a conference call with reporters that Medicare is stronger, women can get preventative services at no extra cost, and children are able to stay on their parent's coverage until they are 26.

"Millions of Americans and Wisconsinites have already experienced first hand the important benefits and economic security the law provides," Feingold said.

Wisconsin Nurses and Healthcare Professionals President Candice Owley said nurses are able to serve their patients better because of the law.

"The system right now is enormously expensive," Owley said. "The way to really save money is to make sure we're catching things at the front end."

Owley added that Republicans may find it tough to repeal popular portions of the law, such as the ability for children to stay on parent's insurance.

UW-Madison senior Steve Hughes is one of the 28,000 the campaign says will be able to take advantage of that provision.

Hughes said he had been a bit uneasy about graduating in spring, but that the law had put him at ease.

"Now I know that come graduation day, I can celebrate without hesitation," Hughes said.

Republicans, meanwhile, knocked the law on today's two-year anniversary, calling for its repeal.

"Despite the president's promises, ObamaCare has left Wisconsin undeniably worse off. Health care costs will continue to skyrocket into the foreseeable future, and Americans have less freedom to make their own health care decisions," said state GOP Chair Brad Courtney.

See more reaction to the two-year anniversary here.

- By Arthur Thomas
For WisPolitics.com


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