Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., listen as President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

In a State of the Union address that largely eschewed specific policy proposals in favor of broad appeals to Americans’ compassion, tolerance and optimism, President Obama only briefly remarked on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, his signature domestic policy.

The president nevertheless projected confidence in his reference to PPACA, framing it as a necessary reform to accommodate an increasingly mobile workforce.

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