Dems Say It Is Time To Change The Subject, But GOP Has Different Plan
Republicans already are demonstrating their strategy to use the health law decision in the upcoming campaign season. Meanwhile, both parties are raising money on the issue.
The Wall Street Journal: GOP's New Health-Law Front
Republicans are planning to use the main component of the Supreme Court decision upholding President Barack Obama's health-care law as a weapon to try to repeal it. The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision last week, validated the health law by saying its penalty on citizens who fail to hold health insurance should be treated as a tax (Radnofsky, 7/1).
The Wall Street Journal: Democrats Want To Move On After Ruling, GOP Doesn't
Democrats and Republicans have found one more thing to disagree about: In the aftermath of the Supreme Court's landmark health-care ruling, Democrats want to change the subject. Republicans don't (Hook and Bendavid, 7/1).
The Associated Press: Some Dems Still Skittish On Health Care; GOP Riled
Victory at the Supreme Court for President Barack Obama and Democrats on health care is reopening political divisions within the party over the unpopular law. Four months to an election with control of Congress in the balance, the court's affirmation of the law left several Democrats insisting that the issue was settled and it's time to focus on helping the sluggish economy (Cassata and Jackson, 6/30).
Chicago Sun-Times: Campaigns Raising Money Off Supreme Court Obamacare Decision
Obamacare is great — for political fund-raising. Finally, something every hot-blooded partisan can agree on. President Barack Obama, rival Mitt Romney and other Republicans and Democrats are raising money off the Supreme Court Obamacare decision. A byproduct of the 5-4 opinion upholding Obama’s Affordable Care Act is a torrent of fund-raising appeals — from candidates and leaders from both parties. Saturday marked the end of the second fund-raising quarter — adding a breathless degree of urgency to the fund-raising pitches (Sweet, 7/1).
The Hill: Dems Target Vulnerable GOP Lawmakers Over Health Law Repeal Vote
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is launching a new campaign Monday targeting vulnerable GOP lawmakers on healthcare ahead of the House vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. "Democrats are on offense as we expose these House Republicans for standing up for insurance companies and Congressional perks instead of protecting consumers," said DCCC Chairman Rep. Steve Israel (N.Y.), in a statement announcing the drive. "For 18 months, Republicans have been on defense for protecting millionaires over Medicare and now they're planning another vote to put insurance companies back in charge of our health care at the expense of middle class families and consumers" (Mali, 7/2).
NPR: Defeated Democrats Find 'Vindication In Spades' In High Court's Health Care Ruling
James L. Oberstar was riding pretty high in Congress. Over the course of 18 elections, the Democrat had never received less than 59 percent of the vote in his northeastern Minnesota district, and he had finally realized a longstanding ambition by chairing the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Then, he voted for the big health care bill in 2010. Oberstar soon lost his seat, along with 63 other House Democrats. He doesn't regret it (Greenblatt, 7/1).