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Health Care Issues Among Women Voters Fueling Obama Lead On Romney

A new poll finds that President Obama leads GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney among women in 12 swing states -- a finding fueled mostly by health care, the top issue for women, according to the poll.

Boston Globe: Poll: Obama Leads Romney By 9 Points In Swing States
Women have propelled President Obama to a widening lead over Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney in a dozen swing states, according to a poll released Monday. ... Women said health care is the most important issue in the campaign. Obama in 2010 led passage of a health care reform law, which Romney has vowed to repeal if elected. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of the law in June (Borchers, 4/2).

Another GOP presidential hopeful, Rick Santorum, lays out his plan for health care --

National Journal: Santorum Offers Health Care Plan In Op-Ed
Rick Santorum offered a stark contrast to President Obama's health care law on Monday, saying he would repeal the legislation and propose a plan that relies on private insurance. In an op-ed in USA Today, the former Pennsylvania senator said he would repeal the Affordable Care Act and replace it with a plan that will allow companies to compete over state lines and allow Americans to buy health insurance with pre-tax dollars. He also contends that those with pre-existing conditions, who have gaps in their coverage, would pay more "afterward" to sign up for care (Miller, 4/2).

And the health care issue is playing out in races for congressional seats as well --

Des Moines Register: Democratic Radio Ad Accuses Latham Of 'Choosing Millionaires Over Medicare'
A new radio ad is running in Iowa today that accuse Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Latham of "choosing millionaires over Medicare." The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is running the ads, which hinge on last week's U.S. House budget vote. ... Latham and U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell are locked in a tight battle to represent Iowa's 3rd Congressional District, which includes the Des Moines area (Jacobs, 4/2).

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