On Campaign Stump, Obama Embraces ‘ObamaCare’
Also on the trail, a conservative group has launched ads aimed at derailing Mitt Romney's run for the GOP presidential nomination. One of their reasons: his record on health reform while governor of Massachusetts. Meanwhile, at a fundraiser, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius charges Republicans with turning back the clock on women's health.
The Hill: President Embraces ObamaCare Label
President Obama is embracing the term "ObamaCare" on the campaign stump, attempting to turn the tables on critics who use it in a derogatory way. "They call it ObamaCare?" the president told supporters at a St. Louis fundraiser Tuesday evening. "I do care! You should care, too." Earlier in the day, Obama told an audience in Dallas, "Folks go around saying ObamaCare. That's right — I care. … That's their main agenda? That's your plank? Is making sure 30 million people don’t have health insurance?" The president's remarks are clearly part of a White House strategy to reclaim some lost ground on health care, taking the fight to Republicans. …The second most senior Democrat in the House, Rep. John Conyers (Mich.), has been urging Democrats to embrace the term for months. He had even taken to handing out buttons with the words "I [heart] ObamaCare" as part of his campaign to rehabilitate the moniker (Pecquet, 10/6).
Los Angeles Times: Conservative Group Seeks To Derail Mitt Romney's Run
Mitt Romney may be closer than ever to the Republican nomination — and that has one independent conservative group determined to slow him down. … According to CNN, the group seeks to run TV and radio ads in Iowa. … The spots highlight Romney's shifting positions over the years on a host of hot-button issues, including abortion, climate change and gun control. They also squarely link him to the health care plan passed while he was governor of Massachusetts and his past support for the requirement to purchase health insurance (Oliphant, 10/5).
The Associated Press/Washington Post: Sebelius to Abortion Rights Group In Chicago: GOP Wants To Roll Back Women's Health 50 Years
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told abortion rights supporters at a Chicago fundraiser Wednesday that Republicans want to roll back women's health gains 50 years. In a strongly worded speech, Sebelius said Republicans are not only working to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, but also want to take away benefits in Medicare, cut back Medicaid and eliminate health services provided by Planned Parenthood (10/5).