Calif. Democrats walk middle path in health debate

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Updated: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 11:15:42 EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP's focus on amending, tweaking and uprooting President Obama's health care law is giving several Democrats in California's swing districts opportunities to distance themselves from the law.

A physician, Democratic Rep. Ami Bera has been voting with the Republican majority on occasion even though he supports expanding health insurance coverage. He says that's consistent with his position that Congress should keep what works in the law and fix what doesn't.

Yet it's also a political strategy for a freshman lawmaker running for re-election in a swing district. The lawmakers can take stands knowing that the changes passed in the House probably aren't going anywhere.

Republicans said voters concerned about the impact of the health law will see the occasional siding with the GOP as simply a political ploy.

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