Despite calls to move on, Obama talks health care
"What we won't do -- what the country can't afford to do -- is refight the political battles of two years ago, or go back to the way things were," the president said on June 28. "With today's announcement, it's time for us to move forward."
And he repeated that sentiment Thursday on his campaign bus tour, telling an audience in Sandusky, Ohio, "We don't need to reargue the last two years."
So much for moving forward.
In response to a question from a reporter at Cincinnati's WLWT, the president used health care as an example of his Republican rival Mitt Romney playing politics by calling the individual mandate a tax.
"[T]he fact that a whole bunch of Republicans in Washington suddenly said, this is a tax -- for six years he said it wasn't, and now he has suddenly reversed himself," Mr. Obama said. "So the question becomes, are you doing that because of politics? Are you abandoning a principle that you fought for, for six years simply because you're getting pressure for two days from Rush Limbaugh or some critics in Washington?"
CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Norah O'Donnell contributed to this report.
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