DETROIT (AP) - President Barack Obama says retiring U.S. Rep. John Dingell's ongoing battle for affordable health care may be the long-serving Democrat's "most remarkable" accomplishment.
Obama has joined other politicians in heaping praise on Dingell, who announced Monday that he isn't seeking re-election after his current term ends.
The president points out that the 87-year-old Dingell is an original author of the federal Affordable Care Act and "helped give millions of families the peace of mind of knowing they won't lose everything if they get sick."
Obama says Dingell fought to pass Medicare in 1965 and introduced health care legislation at the beginning of every session.
Dingell will have spent 60 years in Congress after winning his late father's seat in 1955.
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