Obama upbeat on 2014

He sees recovery, affirms health-care stumble

Posted: December 21, 2013 at 5:33 a.m.

President Barack Obama speaks during his end-of-the-year news conference in the Brady Press Room at the White House in Washington, Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. Obama is scheduled to depart later for his home state of Hawaii for his annual Christmas vacation trip. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

WASHINGTON — Citing strong progress on the economy, President Barack Obama said at his annual year-end news conference Friday that 2014 “can be a breakthrough year for America” after a long season of recession and slow recovery.

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