Health care was a minor focus of President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday, however, he did say it was crucial for supporting the middle class — the focal point of his speech. “We can't put the security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance, or unraveling the new rules on Wall Street, or refighting past battles on immigration when we've got a system to fix,” Obama said. “And if a bill comes to my desk that tries to do any of these things, it will earn my veto.”

In a morning address prior to Obama’s speech, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), chairman of the Finance Committee, said he planned to take a piecemeal approach to alter the Affordable Care Act. “We’re going to continue to strike away at it, piece by piece if we have to,” he said at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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