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Supreme Court ruling to reshape presidential race

5:28 PM, Jun 28, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON D.C. -- President Obama and his supporters will say the Supreme Court got it right and their ruling benefits the health and well-being of millions of Americans and the nation.

Mitt Romney and Republicans will argue the Court made a bad ruling that will hurt families, businesses and the economy.

Republicans are disappointed. They were hoping for the President's plan to be completely or partially overturned.

House Speaker John Boehner had cautioned Republicans not to "spike the ball" in their comments about the expected win.

But the Supreme Court delivered a surprise.

Now Republicans can call the Health Care Plan  a "tax" and claim it's a job-killer and a barrier to a recovering economy.

Senator Rob Portman, a possible Romney running mate , said, "This court decision has raised the visibilty of the law again. People are talking about it a lot. The court has said this is a massive tax on the American people. ..The President has said, it really is not a tax."

Former Democratic Congressman Louis Stokes said," It's definitely a decision that boosts the stock of the President...It enable him to say I enacted a law to help the American people and to provide for our families and children. Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of what I did, let's move on."

Predictably Cuyahoga County's two party chairmen had opposing takes.

Democrat Stuart Garson said, "If they are running against this law, now they are running against Congress. They are running against the Supreme Court and running against the President. Three branches of the government have weighed in . What part don't you get."

Republican Rob Frost said now the only way to get the Affordable Care Act changed is, "you've got to get rid of President Obama...If that's your singular domestic achievement and it's going to be allowed to stand, my feeling is , it will be hung around his neck like a millstone."

The President is expected to be campaigning in Ohio next week.

 

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