Using the Health Care Decision for Political Gain?

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are both gearing up to use today's Supreme Court decision on health care for political gain.

Romney, an opponent of the law, is planning to cast himself as the best hope for millions of Americans who favor the law's repeal.

His campaign says in the hour after the decision was announced, it collected more than $100,000 in online donations.

Romney is expected to speak about the decision today, as is Obama.

Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus (ryns PREE'-bus) says today's decision sets the stakes for the November election. He says only the election of a new president will save the country from what he calls "Obamacare's budget-busting government takeover of health care."

But Democrats say Romney -- who backed an individual health insurance mandate when he was Massachusetts governor -- will have a hard time exploiting the ruling. Democratic consultant Jim Manley calls Romney "the intellectual godfather of Obamacare."


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