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Posted: June 29, 2012

The Roberts surprise

Obamacare is now a bigger campaign issue than ever

Bart Taylor

Obamacare is constitutional. So says Chief Justice John Roberts, who has surprised even veteran SCOTUS observers twice in the last week.

But for the GOP, hope is high that while a battle may have been lost, the war might still be won. Mitt Romney now has his singular campaign issue – the repeal of ACA – to rally support. And among all the issues, opposition to Obamacare is one that seems to have traction in both Republican and Democratic circles.

It couldn’t have come too soon for Romney, who’s struggled to find his footing with the large, important blocks of swing-voters that may decide the election.  Hispanic voters are a good example. The applause from the conservative base to the Court’s unanimous decision to uphold, for now, a police check of immigration status may only steel this community’s opposition to the GOP’s immigration platform. 

How the court’s decision will play out among Colorado voters is fascinating. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers joined the lawsuit against ACA, but there seems to been growing if quiet support for the Colorado Health Benefit Exchange, mandated by ACA and formally approved by the state legislature last year.

Beginning next year, companies and individuals will be able to purchase discounted health insurance through a virtual marketplace created by the Exchange. To this point, support or opposition to the concept has been predictable: oppose Obamacare, and oppose any government involvement in health-care, including Colorado’s Exchange. Yet with actual financial relief on the horizon, will opposition begin to crumble?---

Whatever the case, we’re excited to hear from both the Romney and Obama campaigns about the SCOTUS decision and health-care in general at the ColoradoBiz Diversity in Business breakfast, on July 24. We’re pleased to announce that the national political director from each campaign: Katherine Archuleta from Obama for America and Rich Beeson of Romney for President will be addressing the breakfast crowd.

Join us as we also announce the ColoradoBiz Minority Businessperson of the Year and Diversity Corporation of the Year winners at the event.

For more information or to register, click here.

See you in July.

Bart Taylor is the publisher of ColoradoBiz magazine. E-mail him at btaylor@cobizmag.com.

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Readers Respond

Ha. Romney will do everything he can to not talk about 'Obamacare.' He created universal healthcare in MA and doesn't oppose the concept. His biggest supporters are medical and insurance companies - all of whom benefit from the ACA. This isn't a political statement, it's just how things are. By David on 2012 06 29
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