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Still No Obamacare Questions

2:04 AM, Oct 17, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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Tuesday's town hall-style debate was the second in as many weeks not to feature a question about Obamacare. In Hempstead, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were asked by undecided voters about gas prices, Romney's tax reform plan, Obama's economic record, Libya, unemployment, an assault weapons ban, and immigration, among other issues.

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But just like the week before, during the vice presidential debate, not a single question focused directly on Obamacare, the president's signature domestic achievement and the source of a multi-year, major national policy debate about the role of government, health care, and insurance regulation.

The candidates, too, hardly mentioned the law. Obama spoke about Obamacare once, to point out that his reform law was "the same health care plan" as what Romney implemented in Massachusetts. Romney, on the other hand, mentioned Obamacare three times: He noted that its full implementation will add $2,500 to the average family's health insurance premiums and spoke twice very briefly about how the law depresses economic growth.

The final presidential debate is supposed to focus on foreign policy, not domestic policy, so it's unlikely voters will have anymore opportunities to hear Obama and Romney debate Obamacare.

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