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Flanked by dozens of employees of his National Doral Miami golf course, Donald Trump told reporters Tuesday that soaring Obamacare premiums were taking a toll on “all” of them.

Yet minutes later, the GOP nominee said the vast majority of his staffers don’t receive health care from the federal exchanges created by the President Barack Obama's signature law.

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This schoolyard election cycle has seen plenty of finger-pointing and name-calling on both sides. Yet in the final stretch of the race, Donald Trump’s campaign has increasingly relied on an curious strategy: spitting Hillary Clinton’s exact attack lines against the GOP nominee right back at her.

It's at the point where on-stage attacks and rapid response emails from both campaigns sometimes use identical language, like each sniping that the other is a "threat to democracy."

A statement released Monday by Trump communications advisor Jason Miller, which hit Clinton with several criticisms she first aimed at Trump, read like a master class in the art of projection.

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Let's get the bad news out of the way first.

As you've heard by now, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday that premiums on the Affordable Care Act’s individual marketplaces will go up by an average of more than 20 percent for the 2017 plan year.

The increases point to a system that is still struggling to stabilize in some places, as pressure grows on lawmakers to fix some of the problems that have emerged in the law since the passage of Obamacare in 2010.

Fixing those problems isn't rocket science, most health care policy experts agree. But the politics of Obamacare remains exceedingly difficult, as long as Republicans remain united in lockstep opposition to anything but full repeal.

Here are five points that help better understand the political and policy dynamics at play:

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