Republicans are ridiculing President Barack Obama for not officially marking the two-year anniversary of passage of his landmark healthcare law.
Opposition to the law was a rallying cry for the GOP and conservative Tea Party activists for many months after the measure was enacted in 2010, but the controversy had faded recently. Now the issue is back as the Republicans use the occasion of the two-year anniversary this week to underscore their opposition. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in a challenge to the law starting next week.
The Republican National Committee mocked Obama in an E-mail that argued that his healthcare law has become so unpopular that the president is reluctant to talk about it. "We're not surprised," said an RNC spokeswoman, noting a Washington Post-ABC News poll showing that two-thirds of Americans want to repeal all or part of the law.
Added RNC Chairman Reince Priebus: "If the president is so proud of his signature policy initiative, he should own it and continue campaigning on it. Instead, the White House is attempting to distance themselves from the president's namesake because it's clear Americans believe ObamaCare is making health care worse instead of better."
Obama is scheduled to leave Washington Wednesday to talk about energy issues in Nevada, New Mexico and Oklahoma.