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While Dems Celebrate Health Care Decision, GOP Leaders Threaten Repeal

June 28, 2012 at 12:00 AM EST
The Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act reverberated on the campaign trail Thursday. Judy Woodruff talks to politics editor Christina Bellantoni about how will it play out this election year.

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JUDY WOODRUFF: The ruling also reverberated on the campaign trail today. How will it play out this election year?

NewsHour’s political editor, Christina Bellantoni, is here to discuss that.

So, Christina, there was an immediate effect on the trail.

CHRISTINA BELLANTONI: Absolutely.

As you saw, Mitt Romney obviously came out and spoke, but one thing that the campaign is telling us is that he was able to raise $2.5 million from 24,000 people in less than eight hours after this decision came out.

They feel as if they have galvanized something. They feel as though they’re able to capture some of this momentum perhaps to get people to come to the polls in November, because he’s promising, I will go ahead and repeal it.

And of course, you’re seeing Congress making an effort on this, too. They’re going they have to repeal vote on July 11. Of course, they have already voted on this in the House. Many times, the Republican House has said they want to repeal it.

JUDY WOODRUFF: So some clear coordination between the Congress and the — Republicans in Congress and the Romney camp.

Now, you have also been talking to the Obama camp up in Chicago today. Is there a sense they may be able to take advantage of a moment like this to try to sell health care reform again to the country?

CHRISTINA BELLANTONI: That’s exactly how they’re approaching this.

You heard what the president said when he talked about stories of health care reform and saying, well, it’s not about the politics; it’s about the people behind it. And that’s the message that was really communicated to the campaign volunteers. They did an all-staff meeting in Chicago. People there described it as very emotional and that people really wanted to start telling the stories of people helped by health care reform.

And you are going to see a lot of that probably on television, certainly on the Internet, YouTube videos, that sort of thing. And Michelle Obama was actually the first campaign official to be out on the trail today. She did an event in Memphis. And she told these people, she rallied them, and she said; please get these details of health care reform. Help people understand what’s in it.

And she went through line by line and talked about the different things that are in it, because that is going to be the new type of message communication here for them.

JUDY WOODRUFF: And just quickly, a sense that conservatives energized by this?

CHRISTINA BELLANTONI: Yes.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Is that what they’re worried about?

CHRISTINA BELLANTONI: Absolutely.

You’re seeing it not just from Republican candidates, but from people on the ground. Organizations are saying, we’re going to vow to elect Mitt Romney so we can get rid of this. And Romney’s really trying to hone in and capitalize on that energy.

JUDY WOODRUFF: So both sides girding again to do battle.

CHRISTINA BELLANTONI: Again, four months from Election Day.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Christina Bellantoni, thanks.

JEFFREY BROWN: And in case you couldn’t follow the day’s developments as they unfolded, we did that online.

There, you can catch up on the speeches, the analysis, and reactions to the decision. Some of you weighed in with questions on Twitter and in a live chat. Plus, we annotated the ruling to highlight key passages from both the majority and minority opinions. All that is on our web site.