"The Supreme Court’s decision Thursday to uphold President Obama’s signature health care law represented a major triumph for the White House, but will only fuel an already fierce debate about the role and purpose of government on the 2012 campaign trail.
With the law left largely intact by the Supreme Court, the election’s stakes for health care are now clear. Republicans, led by Mitt Romney, have pledged nothing short of a full repeal of the law. Should Romney win office with even narrow Republican control in Congress, the GOP could do grievous damage to the Affordable Care Act using the Senate’s reconciliation process, which requires only a simple majority vote and canot be filibustered.
Indeed, Romney said in his response to the ruling Thursday that voters should base their choice for president on opposition to health care reform. “If we want to get rid of ‘Obamacare,’ we’re going to have to replace President Obama,” Romney said in his remarks. “What the court did not do on its last day in session, I will do on my first day if elected president of the United States. And that is I will act to repeal ‘Obamacare.’”