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Which is why he’s not talking about his “greatest achievement” since taking office much at all. You’d think with it being such a huge achievement and all, that it would be the cornerstone of his re-election campaign. But you would be wrong.
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the constitutionality of the national health care law next week, and the number of voters who Strongly Support the law’s repeal is now at an eight-month high.
And via the Washington Examiner:
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney implicitly retreated from President Obama’s argument that Obamacare was a crucial part of his economic agenda, as Carney explained that the president is now focusing on the economy rather than health care reform.
“The president does speak about health care on occasion and will continue to do that,” Carney told reporters today when explaining Obama’s relative silence on the law of late, “but he is focused on a forward agenda right now — and working with Congress and doing the things he can through executive action — to grow the economy and create jobs.”
When Obama faced criticism for focusing on health care rather than economic policy in the first year of his presidency, the president responded by portraying Obamacare, to some degree, as a jobs bill. “Rising health care costs are a major driver of our long-term deficits, and getting them under control is crucial if we want to grow the economy, create jobs and compete in the world economy,” the White House website says.
In fact, Obama’s economic advisers went to great lengths to argue for health care reform as an economic spur. ”Health care reform is incredibly important not just for the American people but for the American economy,” Christina Romer, Obama’s chairwoman of the Council of Economic Advisers, said during the health care debate. “Good health care reform is essentially good economic policy,” she added.
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