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Obama: 'No apologies' for health care law

1:25 PM, Jul 7, 2012   |    comments
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It turns out that President Obama talked about his health care law quite a bit during a bus tour of Ohio and Pennsylvania.

"I make no apologies for it," Obama told backers in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Some analysts had wondered how much Obama would talk about health care on the stump this election year, given the fact that the law still doesn't poll very well.

But Obama mentioned it frequently as he rolled through the pivotal states of Ohio and Pennsylvania, taking something of a victory lap a week after the Supreme Court upheld the historic legislation.

"Yes, I believe that we should have a health care system that works for middle-class families," Obama said in Parma, Ohio. "And I couldn't be prouder of the work that we have done in getting this health care law passed."

Of course, Obama would have to talk about health care in any event.

In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and other Republicans have vowed to make repeal of the health care law a major part of their campaigns.

In today's Republican radio address, Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle, R-N.Y., said that "the health care law -- which carries an astronomical price tag and a mess of regulations, taxes and fees -- fosters a climate of uncertainty and instability throughout our economy."

In his stump speeches this week, Obama offered to look at new health care proposals -- but not repeal.

"I'll work with anybody who wants to work with me to continue to improve our health care system and our health care laws," Obama said in Maumee, Ohio. "But the law I passed is here to stay."

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