Post-Ruling, Obama Takes GOP Line on Jobs as Romney Vows Repeal

Thursday, June 28, 2012

President Obama used one of the GOP’s favorite talking points against them in the wake of Thursday’s landmark Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act.

Taking the podium in the White House less than half an hour after Mitt Romney issued his response to the ruling, Obama applauded the decision, reiterated the specifics of the reforms contained in the legislation, and said it was time to move on.

“What we can’t do is fight the battles of two years ago or go back to the way things were,” Obama urged. And then he said a version of something that GOP presidential candidates and politicians have been saying for over a year: that familiar refrain of “Jobs, jobs, jobs.”

“Now’s the time to keep our focus on the most urgent challenge of our time,” Obama said. “Putting people back to work, paying down our debt, and building an economy where people have the confidence that if they work hard they can get ahead.”

The GOP has hammered Obama endlessly for failing to focus on jobs. But Mitt Romney didn’t talk about jobs this morning. And Republicans haven’t really been talking about jobs today. They’ve been talking about the need to repeal Obamacare, and their renewed fervor to do it.

Reince Priebus, the GOP chair, tweeted a link to a newly-launched website, People v. Obamacare.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was quick to set a timeline for the House to repeal the Affordable Care Act yet again. Expect that vote to come the week of July 9th.

Mitt Romney said the only recourse after today’s ruling was clear. “If we want to replace Obamacare, we have to replace President Obama,” he said.

It’s a fantasy that the President and Democrats won’t have to continue to sell the Affordable Care Act to voters for the rest of the year (and beyond, if Obama wins re-election). But Obama’s remarks made it clear that his administration was prepared with a narrative in the event the law was upheld: make the party that says it’s number one priority is “jobs, jobs, jobs,” look like the party that’s more interested in fighting yesterday’s battles.

Will voters buy it? That depends on the next few rounds of GDP and unemployment figures, as well as which party wins the message war convincing Americans whether the Affordable Care Act is good policy or bad policy.

Republicans are out to win that war, and they’ve been aggressive so far. But pouncing could backfire if it looks like they've taken their eyes off the ball. The GOP gave President Obama a few lemons, and today, he made lemonade.


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Now I understand. Free stuff is really good. The fact that it isn't acutally free is okay because you can just ignore that. Anyone who says different wants everyone to be sick and loves dementia. You are amazing Rose. Thanks for your insight.

Jul. 16 2012 01:21 PM

How exactly is the largest tax in human history unrelated to "putting people back to work, paying down our debt" when it will be the uninsured underemployed who will be the first to be directly impacted with the Obama tax?

We expect the President to dissemble but why is the media willfully enabling the mendacity?

Jul. 01 2012 11:11 AM
RoseStatenIsland from Staten Island

Totally excited about the Supreme Court Ruling on Health Care for many reasons I've seen it already work. My nephew (Age 24-home from Medical School) was dehydrated last week, went to the hospital, and with a deep breathe, we knew he was under his parents coverage still because of this bill. I believe it will help the growing epidemic of Alzheimer's in finding treatments, a cure, and most of all the costs of custodial care not covered beyond the 100th Day under Medicare (contact me for the startling out-of-pocket expenses for past 10 years!). Health Insurance Carriers deny coverage based on it being a custodial care need even while in the wheelchair and bedridden. Nursing home expenses/assisted living costs ranging 100,000's of dollars per year. Alzheimers is a "Terminal Illness", you can be tested for it now, most people fear they would lose their coverage and not have anyway of really preventing the very long tragic good-bye. states every 70 seconds a person is diagnosed with this illness. It is the cause of state governments carrying billions in dollars in deficits via Medicaid costs with patients who may have never paid into the system caring for them at taxpayers expense, while seniors who always did the right thing, and never had any income for vacations, suddenly have to put a lien on their own house to pay for this care.

Question: Will the Terminal Illness clause apply to Alzheimer's disease? Will the middle class be qualified for Medicaid if they require a nursing home, or will these funds continue to go to those who have not paid their tax dollars for it? Kids grow up hoping that a safety net for them down the road, when suddenly their legacy disappears from an unexpected catastrophic illess.

I'm still so glad that now, at least $695 will be thrown in to help support HealthCare, costs will be contained better including hopefully that in nursing homes ($6,000 to $17,000 per month have been experienced in our family because of Alzheimer's disease), and work related injuries will become the responsibility of the employer as it should via the worker's compensation insurance as it should or now the new health insurance requirement, where they can't force their employees into an emergency room via a Medicaid treatment for their injuries.

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Jun. 29 2012 10:02 PM

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