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"I think it’s very important to do what wasn’t done sufficiently before," Kerry said.
The Republican response? Bring it on.
The court ruling gave clarity to the GOP call for repeal — electing Republican candidates in November is the only way now to ensure the law’s demise. In a fundraising appeal within hours of the court announcement, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said, "Now we know — four seats to repeal Obamacare," a reference to the net number that the GOP needs to seize the Senate majority.
Republicans also used the ruling to craft a new attack line. Chief Justice John Roberts’ majority opinion said the law’s requirement that Americans purchase health care is a tax, which Republicans argued contradicted Obama and Democrats who insist they aren’t raising taxes on the poor and middle class.
"The court blew the president’s cover," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said.
The tax debate will be at the forefront when the House votes the week of July 9 to overturn the law, a largely symbolic step with a Democratic-controlled Senate but one that will put Democrats and Republicans on record and provide fodder for the campaign.
Associated Press writer Andrew Taylor contributed to this report.
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