Obama Gets a Chuckle Out of GOP

Zings health plan: 'RomneyDoesn'tCare'
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Aug 30, 2012 2:08 AM CDT
Updated Aug 30, 2012 2:22 AM CDT
President Obama on the stump yesterday in Charlottesville, Va.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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(Newser) – If the Republican National Convention is rattling President Obama, he's not showing it. In fact, he's cracking new jokes on the stump. Pointing to a debunked GOP TV ad claiming he ditched work requirements for welfare recipients, Obama yesterday shrugged, smiled, and said: “Sometimes they just make things up.” He also slammed Mitt Romney's desire to "go backward—sometimes to the last century"—on social issues such as same-sex marriage, reports the New York Times.

But the best guffaw before a largely college crowd in Charlottesville, Va., was linked to GOP criticism of "ObamaCare." The president said he has "affectionately" adopted the Republican's label for his health care law. It's better than what Romney plans to do as part of his non-health-care law, he added, which Obama labeled "RomneyDoesn'tCare." ObamaCare "is here to stay,” he declared. “The Supreme Court has spoken. We’re moving forward. That’s what’s at stake in this election.” (Read more ObamaCare stories.)

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