WASHINGTON (AP) — Today's Supreme Court decision upholding most of President Barack Obama's health care law is already helping to shape the presidential election campaign.
Mitt Romney is vowing to repeal the law on his first day in office if he wins. And the Romney campaign says it collected more than $300,000 in online donations in the hours after the ruling was announced.
Speaking in Washington, Romney said, "If we want to get rid of Obamacare, we're going to have to replace President Obama."
The president, meanwhile, is looking to downplay the political implications. He says today's ruling is about upholding the principle that no one in America should fall into financial ruin because of illness.
Obama says it's a "victory for people all over this country whose lives will be more secure."
Polls suggest that most Americans oppose the law, but that an overwhelming majority wanted Congress and the president to find a new remedy if it were to be struck down.
221-a-11-(President Obama, in East Room remarks)-"the American people"-President Obama acknowledges that the health care law has been hugely controversial. (28 Jun 2012)
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219-a-15-(President Obama, in East Room remarks)-"to move forward"-President Obama says he hopes the ruling closes a divisive chapter. (28 Jun 2012)
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226-a-11-(Mitt Romney, R-Mass., presidential candidate, in remarks)-"to hire people"-Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney calls the Obama health care law a job killer. (28 Jun 2012)
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227-a-12-(Mitt Romney, R-Mass., presidential candidate, in remarks)-"becoming prohibitively expensive"-Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says there are changes that can be made in the health care law. (28 Jun 2012)
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GRAPHICSBANK: US Supreme Court decision (detail highlighting Chief Justice John Roberts opinion on Individual Mandate) on President Obama's health care law in "National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius", on texture partial graphic (28 Jun 2012)
APPHOTO DCPM103: President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 28, 2012, after the Supreme Court ruled on his health care legislation. (AP Photo/Luke Sharrett pool) (27 Jun 2012)
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APPHOTO DCCD101: With the Capitol in the background, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks about the Supreme Court's health care ruling, Thursday, June 28, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) (28 Jun 2012)
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