Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images.
By Catalina Camia, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- It's up to the voters now.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus says the Supreme Court's decision on health care "sets the stakes for the November election."
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Now that the high court has upheld the heart of President Obama's health care law -- the mandate that requires most Americans to obtain insurance coverage -- the reaction from Republicans is geared toward the presidential race.
No word yet from Mitt Romney, who has vowed to repeal Obama's health care law.
"Just elect Romney. We need #FullRepeal," tweeted Priebus. He said in a statement: "Now, the only way to save the country from Obamacare's budget-busting government takeover of health care is to elect a new president."
The divided Congress has tried, but failed, to repeal the health care law. The GOP-led House has voted several times to do so, but the Democratic-led Senate has blocked those moves.
Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who is running for Senate, said the GOP must focus on achieving majorities in the Senate and keeping it in the House for repeal efforts to succeed.
"Support for Obamacare is a heavy anchor to drag through this election," he said. "I think it certainly moves back in to the political field and (Republicans) just need to push for full repeal in the Congress."
The Obama law was inspired by a similar Massachusetts statute signed by Romney when he was governor. The message from Romney's campaign leading up to the high court's decision was hat the Obama law is "bad law, bad for businesses and bad for our economy."
During a speech yesterday in Sterling, Va., Romney said the high court would be doing some of his work if the justices overturn the Obama law. "I won't have to repeal it, but I'll still have to replace it," he said.
We'll update as soon as we can with Romney's own words. Our sister blog, The Oval, is serving as USA TODAY's tip of the health care news spear. Full coverage at USATODAY.com and in Friday's editions.