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Obama Tries to Counter GOP on Gas, Healthcare

Thursday, 22 Mar 2012 11:15 AM

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President Barack Obama has launched an offensive designed to blunt attacks over rising gas prices and his signature and controversial health care law. The goal is counter GOP attacks that his policies are behind spiking gas prices and raise public opinion on Obamacare, The Washington Post reported.

Obama is currently on a two-day tour to promote his energy policies in Ohio, Oklahoma, Nevada, and New Mexico. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, and Labor Secretary Hilda Solis are on the hustings promoting health care, according to the Post.

The White House is touting provisions of the Affordable Care Act that polls show Americans support, such as coverage for adult children and preexisting conditions. Regardless, a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll found a majority of Americans said they want the Supreme Court, which will hear arguments on the law this month, to repeal at least some portions of the law.

The poll also found that 65 percent of those surveyed disapproved of Obama’s handling of gas prices and half believe that he can do more to bring down prices. However, he is not being blamed as much for high gas prices as President George W. Bush was in 2006, the Post reported.

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