Healthcare and the Latest Presidential 2012 Campaign News

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court's decision to uphold most of President Barack Obama's health care law will come home to roost for taxpayers in about 2 1/2 years. That's when most people will have to provide proof on their tax returns that they have health insurance.
That scenario is raising questions about the Internal Revenue Service's capability to both police the health care decisions of millions of Americans and also collect taxes for running the government.
Beginning in 2014, the IRS will provide tax breaks and incentives to help people and companies pay for health insurance.
But it also will levy tax penalties on people who don't buy coverage and companies that don't offer it. By 2016 those penalties for individuals and families will range from $695 to $12,500 a year.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney say the Supreme Court decision upholding the president's health care law gives each of them advantages in the roughly dozen states they are contesting most aggressively.
Obama's team says the decision has swelled, by the thousands, the ranks of campaign volunteers in states he won in 2008 and hopes to win again.
Romney's camp has claimed success using the ruling as a fundraising tool. It says millions in small-dollar contributions have poured in from across the battleground map as the law's opponents have come to see electing Romney as the last hope for getting the law repealed.
Both campaigns say the groundswell is on their side and could make the difference come November.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says legislation to keep transportation projects going and prevent interest rates from doubling on new loans to college students will help many in this country.
But he says "we've got more to do."
Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday that the measure he signed into law Friday will keep thousands of construction workers on the job and help students and their families.
But he said Congress should do more to promote infrastructure and reform and expand financial aid offered to students.
In the Republican address, Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle of New York said Obama's policies are "making things worse, starting with his health care law."
She said the Supreme Court's upholding of the law adds urgency to repealing the health care overhaul.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A pro-Republican group is pouring $25 million into new TV ads that blame President Barack Obama for the sluggish economy and call for lower taxes and less regulation.
Crossroads GPS says the ads will air in nine battleground states from July 10 through early August.
The ads track comments and proposals made by GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. They call for more energy production, reduced taxes and regulation, and an end to the health law that Republicans call "Obamacare."
Crossroads GPS, the nonprofit arm of super PAC American Crossroads, says the policies would boost job growth.
The ads will air in Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, New Hampshire, Ohio, Iowa, Michigan, Colorado and Nevada.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is challenging Mitt Romney's vows to get tough on China, saying in a new ad that Romney "made a fortune" allowing China to take U.S. jobs.
Obama's ad seizes on a report that several businesses backed by Romney's former private equity firm transferred jobs to China and India to cut costs. The narrator says Romney is "not the solution. He's the problem."
The ad follows Obama's two-day bus tour in Ohio and Pennsylvania, where he announced the filing of a trade complaint against China at the World Trade Organization over duties on exports of U.S.-produced automobiles.
The ad is part of a larger $25 million ad buy in July and will run in New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado and Nevada.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- He may be on Mitt Romney's short list for vice president, but Sen. Rob Portman says he did not travel to New Hampshire to meet privately with the prospective Republican nominee.
The Ohio Republican told reporters he hasn't visited Romney's New Hampshire vacation home and has no plans to meet with Romney before he leaves New England. Romney's vacationing just 40 miles from where Portman headlined a state GOP fundraiser Saturday night.
Portman wouldn't say whether he's being vetted as a potential running mate.
He says he's visiting area colleges with his teenage daughter. He's also expected to host a Boston-area fundraiser to benefit the Romney campaign on Monday.
Portman previously served as President George W. Bush's budget director. He says he's proud of that service.

WOLFEBORO, N.H. (AP) -- Mitt Romney's large family is at the center of his life -- and his presidential campaign.
The Republican candidate calls them "a bevy of Romneys" -- that's five sons, five daughters-in-law and 18 grandchildren.
All were front and center this Fourth of July holiday at his summer home in Wolfeboro, N.H.
While a handful of family members sometimes accompany Romney on the campaign trail, the annual family vacation provided a rare opportunity for him to showcase all the members of the group he invokes so often.
They are an embodiment of the family values message that resonates with Republicans and Democrats alike
The family also offers an opportunity for Romney to portray himself as caring and authentic -- a counter to Democratic attempts to paint him as a heartless millionaire.

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  • by GhuselineAlabamaThis on Jul 9, 2012 at 07:40 AM
    Don't see Obama sporting ALL of his family around him especially his mother! By the way, he is not the first black president, he is the first mixed race president. Just needed to clear up that fact!
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