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Fierce Battle Shaping Up Over Health Law’s Rollout

The White House believes a successful rollout of the health law will help determine President Barack Obama's legacy, while Republicans appear equally intent on reaping political benefits by gutting this and other administration priorities.

The New York Times: Legacy On Line In Fierce Drive On Health Law
The message is clear. Few things are more important to the White House this year than a successful health care rollout on Oct. 1, when millions of uninsured Americans will be required to obtain private health coverage in government-run marketplaces. Getting it right — or wrong — will help determine Mr. Obama's place in history (Shear, 7/23).

The New York Times: House G.O.P. Sets New Offensive On Obama Goals
Congressional Republicans are moving to gut many of President Obama's top priorities with the sharpest spending cuts in a generation and a new push to hold government financing hostage unless the president's signature health care law is stripped of money this fall (Weisman, 7/23).

Politico: GOP Gauges Obamacare Views In Swing Districts
Republicans are eyeing congressional swing districts President Barack Obama narrowly won last year for signs that the unpopularity of Obamacare could help them unseat House Democrats in 2014. Polls conducted by the National Republican Congressional Committee and released to POLITICO show that nearly half of voters in two swing districts Obama carried in 2012 — Minnesota's 8th and New Hampshire's 1st — expect the Affordable Care Act to diminish the quality of their health care (Cunningham, 7/24).

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