`Obama-care:’ Repealing, Fundraising

Photograph by Michael Appleton/The New York Times via Redux

People gather outside The River church during a Unity Rally ahead of the Republican National Convention.

The Republican convention stage last night was ringing with promises to repeal “Obama-care” — described as 2,000 pages of central-government regulations, rules, fees and fines by Mitt Romney’s running mate, rather than President Barack Obama’s means of assuring health insurance for millions of Americans who lack it.

“Judging from the number of times they’ve said it this week, you would think repealing Obama-care on Day One is the most urgent goal of the Republican Party and number one reason to elect Mitt Romney.” Obama adviser David Axelrod writes in a fundraising appeal to supporters this morning. “I’d like to know what’s noble about making it harder for people to get health care.”

The 2010 Patient Protection and Health Care Assurance Act, the thrust of it upheld in a 5-4 vote of the Supreme Court this year that included Chief Justice John Roberts, requires that most Americans obtain insurance or pay a penalty in their tax returns.

The Republican Party, convened in Tampa this week for the nomination of its presidential candidate, is pledging to repeal it — with Romney running mate Paul Ryan last night attacking the legislation as more work of “central planners” in a government bent on taking Americans’ rights away.

“When the Supreme Court affirmed the Affordable Care Act, I was moved to tears,” Axelrod writes in his campaign e-mail. “This week, the Republicans are moving a lot of people to act as well — to make sure they can’t take their destructive platform to the White House.”

His way of saying, pitch in another $3 before the month-end fundraising deadline for reporting contributions in a contest in which Romney has been outrunning Obama month to month in collections. The Obama campaign has corralled about four in 10 dollars in small donations.

“The next time you hear someone at the Republican convention attack Obama-care,” Axelrod’s pitch goes, “remember what they’re actually trying to take away.”


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