Obama campaign to opponents: Move past health care fight
June 28th, 2012
03:54 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama campaign to opponents: Move past health care fight

Washington (CNN) - Team Obama attempted to frame the political debate following the Supreme Court's ruling on health care Thursday, positioning the ruling as the final word on reform and urging Republicans not to resurrect earlier political fights.

"All three branches of government have now agreed that President Obama's health care law is the right thing to do," read a memo from Democratic campaign officials. "It's time to move past the same political battles and fully implement the law."

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The president himself made a similar case Thursday, urging the political class to pivot to the law's implementation and the economy, instead of playing politics.

"Whatever the politics, today's decision was a victory for people all over this country whose lives will be more secure because of this law and the Supreme Court's decision to uphold it," Obama said from the East Room.

The memo, sent to campaign surrogates after the ruling, said Mitt Romney's pledge to repeal Obamacare on his first day in the Oval Office would resurrect old political fights and deny millions of Americans affordable health care in the process.

Obama's re-election campaign stressed what they see as positive elements of the bill that would fall by the wayside should Romney become president and repeal the law, as he has promised to do. Among the policies they pointed to were the ability of those under 26 years of age to remain on their parent's health care, discounts in prescription drugs, coverage for those with pre-existing conditions and tax credits to make health care more affordable.

Romney, the preemptive GOP presidential candidate, has vowed to repeal Obamacare on "Day 1" of his presidency, saying the law hurts job creation and raises taxes on the American people, in the form of an individual mandate.

But the re-election campaign called out Romney's mandate criticism, given that he passed a state version while governor of Massachusetts, a point that has been and will likely continue to be made until Election Day.

"Massachusetts' penalties are administered through the tax code, labeled "tax penalties" and are about the same as Obamacare's fines on free riders," the memo read.

Romney has defended the Massachusetts law as the correct course for his state but not intended for nation-wide use. He then pivots the conversation to job creation.

Despite the court's Thursday ruling, Congressional Republicans vowed to call a vote on a repeal of the legislation, scheduled for July.

But a letter to surrogates from the White House characterized Congressional repeal efforts as misdirected.

"The last thing Congress should do is refight old political battles and start over on health care by repealing basic protections that provide security for the middle class," read the proposed talking points. "Right now, Congress needs to work together to focus on the economy and creating jobs."

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soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "Democrats, you guys don't get it that it is a day in history that Democrats are cheering to get a Tax passed. Never did I think that Democrats would be cheering to have the IRS handle Healthcare, but here we are with the IRS now in charge of it. Wow, this is a historical day. IRS=Healthcare!!!! who knew? Congrats on your winning!!!!! Let's get ready for the IRS."

    Wow. See this? How are we supposed to have a rational national discourse if this is what supports the GOP/Teatrolls' every move and believes their every statement and this is the kind of "I need medication" screed that results from it?

    June 28, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. RudyG

    I'm an independent and I happen to think that what this ruling does is it forces me to vote for Romney in November just to get rid of this law. The intentions are good but the timing couldn't be worse. Healthcare for all is not possible once the nation is bankrupt.

    June 28, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    Four and The Door
    Too bad the CBO doesn't agree. The Ryan plan builds the debt and deficit faster than the current budget. Even better, it ives more to the rich, and takes more from the middle class. Just more Republican trash talk.
    The current 'budget' always makes the national debt grow. Don't you think we owe it to the future generations of Americans to even come up with a plan to address the debt which has increased 50% just since Obama has been in office? It's a moral obligation. The Ryan budget does this without raising taxes and without getting rid of Social Security or Medicare. It also encourages real economic growth in the private sector. The Democrats have no plan. Raising taxes is not a plan. It is admitting defeat, saying that it is not possible to actually manage the federal government. We can do better than that. Romney 2012.

    June 28, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  4. Myviewis

    Look, wake up- and do a little research the ACA does not give your health care or mine to the IRS. That is patent foolishness- I have seen your posts- you know better. Our health care is still in the hands of our doctors and our health insurance providers- just now more Americans will be able to afford it. That isn't your problem is it? Stop repeating the FOX nonsense.

    I guess I'll go back to the IRS website and read it again and try to figure it out about our plans meeting new regulations.

    June 28, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  5. john

    So basically the obama administration is being "Darth Vador" saying "Give in...

    It is your destiny... only then will you understand the power of the dark side!" (Of government)

    June 28, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "The Ryan budget does this without raising taxes and without getting rid of Social Security or Medicare."

    Ryan's Pathology of Plutocracy budget repeals and replaces Medicare. Slapping the same name on the CouponCare Crapshoot it creates does not make it the same thing,nor does it mean it "saves" Medicare. How about I go into your home and switchyour steak dinner with a fresh turd and tell you it's Kobe beef so eat up and enjoy ? Nom nom nom?

    June 28, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  7. CanadaONE

    VERY SAD to see some Americas against universal health care – it is not only consitutional but humain – WOW to think some would oppose a government who wanted to help their people live longer –

    the GOP is a threat to humanity and christianity – in some countries they call it murder

    June 28, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  8. kayla

    get over it bozoos

    June 28, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. Donkey Party

    Reading the ignorant, illiterate, angry, hateful, racist comments from the right-wingers should point out a more glaring issue, we need another civil war.

    June 28, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  10. rich

    For all of those complaining about this LAW probably have the LUXURY to pay for medical treatment without the help of a medical insurance. Everyone is taxed in some shape or form. This is no different than requiring insurance for every home owner or every motorist on the road. Everyone is looking for short term relief when it comes to the deficit, but let's be real people... No one, not even the president of the free world can reduce the deficit at the snap of finger. I truly believe that this is a move in the right direction. It is about time we make attempts to help the citizens of the USA instead of providing billions to countries like north Korea who spit in our face.

    June 28, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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