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With eye toward CountyCare, county hospitals head defends Affordable Care Act

The head of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System argued Friday that the media is “hyper-focused on the technical difficulties” of the Affordable Care Act and expressed concern that the coverage could discourage Cook County residents from ACA participation.

“The ACA is working and doing exactly what it’s supposed to do,” Dr. Ram Raju, executive director of CCHHS, said to the system’s board of directors at its monthly meeting Friday. “The technical issues will be resolved and the health care will be accessible to the people.”

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