President Barack Obama at the White House
By David Jackson, USA TODAY
MAUMEE, Ohio (USA TODAY) -- President Obama didn't specifically cite the Supreme Court today, but he did make his feelings clear about its decision upholding the health care law.
"The law I passed is here to stay," Obama told backers in Maumee, the first stop in his bus tour of Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Obama gave his first campaign speech in the week since the justices upheld the law in a 5-4 decision, including health care in a litany of re-election campaign planks.
"I'm running because I believe that in America, nobody should go bankrupt because they get sick," Obama said. "I'll work with anybody who wants to work with me to continue to improve our health care system and our health care laws, but the law I passed is here to stay."
Republican candidate Mitt Romney and other GOP lawmakers, of course, have vowed to repeal the law if they win the White House and Congress in November.
In an apparent reference to the GOP repeal pledge, Obama said: "Now is not the time to spend four more years re-fighting battles we fought two years ago."
Obama's other comments on health care:
And let me tell you something, Maumee, it is -- it is going to make the vast majority of Americans more secure. We will not go back to the days when insurance companies could discriminate against people just because they were sick. We're not going to tell 6 million young people who are now on their parents' health insurance plans that suddenly they don't have health insurance. We're not going to allow Medicare to be turned into a voucher system. ...
Now's the time to move forward and make sure that every American has affordable health insurance and that insurance companies are treating them fairly. That's what we fought for. That's what we're going to keep. We are moving forward.