Candidates to succeed Christie wade into health care issue

    A plan by President Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress to replace the Affordable Care Act promises to dominate debate in Washington in the coming weeks.

    The discussion has ripple effects in New Jersey, where nearly 1 million residents gained insurance under former President Barack Obama’s signature bill.

    It also comes as Democratic and Republican candidates to succeed Republican Gov. Chris Christie began to tackle the issue.

    Democratic candidates tend to favor universal-style coverage, but not all have explicitly called for it. Republicans are critical of the Affordable Care Act, but among the leading GOP candidates, only one has explicitly backed the president’s preferred plan.

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