The IRA-linked bots were especially prolific in the spring and summer of 2017, when President Trump and Congressional Republicans mounted an effort to repeal Obamacare. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Twitter bots backed by the Russian government are wading into the U.S. health care debate in an attempt to amplify and exacerbate Americans’ political divisions.

Clemson University researchers have identified about 600 Twitter profiles linked to the Internet Research Agency, a Russian firm, that have put out roughly 10,000 tweets since 2014 about the Affordable Care Act and other health care issues.

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