After court ruling, Obama and Romney push clashing visions for future of health care

July 1, 2012

Following the Supreme Court’s decision last week to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, President Obama and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney continued to hawk opposing views for the future of health care reform, with the president speaking of implementing the law and Romney vowing to repeal it if elected.

Shortly after the Supreme Court announced its decision, Obama called the ruling “a victory for people all over this country whose lives will be more secure because of this law.”

“It’s time for us to move forward — to implement and, where necessary, improve on this law,” Obama said at a White House press conference. “And now is the time to keep our focus on the most urgent challenge of our time: putting people back to work, paying down our debt, and building an economy where people can have confidence that if they work hard, they can get ahead.”

Romney, who previously pledged to issue waivers to states if the health care law was upheld, pledged last week that if elected, he would work to repeal the law.

“What the court did not do on its last day in session, I will do on my first day if elected president, and that is I will act to repeal Obamacare,” he said.

Romney said the law will raise taxes and add to the national deficit, pushing the burden of financing the changes onto future generations.

“It’s time for the American people to make a choice ... If we want to get rid of Obamacare, we’re going to have to replace President Obama,” he said.

Catherine Ho covers law and lobbying for the Capital Business section of The Washington Post. She previously worked at the LA Daily Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Detroit Free Press, the Wichita Eagle and the San Mateo County Times.
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