Trump's 'dying in the streets' line vs. health care reality

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has often said he doesn't want people "dying in the streets" for lack of health care.
    
But in the United States, where chronic conditions are the major diseases, people decline slowly. Preventive care and routine screening can make a big difference for those at risk for things such as heart problems and cancer.
    
That edge is what doctors and patients fear will be compromised if Republican efforts to repeal the Obama-era health law lead to more uninsured people. The uninsured tend to postpone care until problems break through.
    
Doctors' groups and constituents are delivering that message to lawmakers as GOP leaders try to resurrect the stalled health bill.
    
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price says Trump's goal is more people with health insurance, not fewer.

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