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Donald Trump will call for bipartisan support in Congress for his plans to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, the healthcare reform law that is a pillar of his predecessor’s legacy.

The US president said in prepared remarks for his address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night that he is “calling on all Democrats and Republicans in Congress to work with us to save Americans from this imploding Obamacare disaster”.

Echoing rhetoric from his campaign and a rallying cry during his first few weeks in office, Mr Trump said that “mandating every American to buy government-approved health insurance was never the right solution for America”.

“The way to make health insurance available to everyone is to lower the cost of health insurance, and that is what we will do,” he said.

The Affordable Care Act was one of the hallmarks of Barack Obama’s administration. While it has brought the US uninsured rate down to historic lows, opponents have pointed to rising premiums and instability in the insurances exchanges it set up as reasons the law must be changed.

Many Republicans also strongly object to the so-called individual mandate, which forces Americans to buy some level of insurance or face a tax consequence.

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