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NC lawmakers disagree on health care law's effects

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Contrasting views on the federal health care overhaul law were on display at the North Carolina Legislative Building as a committee met for the first time to discuss its effectiveness and impact on state businesses and consumers.

A General Assembly panel directed to review the 2010 law pushed by President Barack Obama met Tuesday and heard from a Duke University professor and health policy researcher opposed to the law.

Chris Conover called the Affordable Care Act a "missed opportunity" that's falling well short of what it promised. He says the law will discourage full-time employment by business seeking to avoid required insurance coverage under the law.

Earlier Tuesday, Democrats who support the law joined doctors and some consumers who obtained insurance coverage under the law to tout the law's benefits.

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