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Mitt Romney's latest health care quandary

Published: Monday, July 2 2012 1:01 p.m. MDT

FILE - In this June 14, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks in Cincinnati, Ohio. Turned away at the Supreme Court, congressional Republicans sketch a filibuster-proof strategy to repeal the nation's health care law in 2013. But it hinges on two uncertainties _ Mitt Romney capturing the White House and the party seizing even narrow control of the Senate.   (Evan Vucci, File, Associated Press) FILE - In this June 14, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks in Cincinnati, Ohio. Turned away at the Supreme Court, congressional Republicans sketch a filibuster-proof strategy to repeal the nation's health care law in 2013. But it hinges on two uncertainties _ Mitt Romney capturing the White House and the party seizing even narrow control of the Senate. (Evan Vucci, File, Associated Press)

Scott Conroy is a national political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at sconroy@realclearpolitics.com

Following Thursday's Supreme Court ruling to uphold President Obama's health care reform law, it did not take long for Republicans to shift en masse from public displays of anger and disappointment to reaffirmation of their commitment to repeal the law.

The crux of Mitt Romney’s argument against the Affordable Care Act, after all, had never been that it is unconstitutional, but rather that it is bad policy.

Yet the health care issue has always been an exceedingly tricky one for the former Massachusetts governor. His Republican primary opponents were eager to point out that his universal plan in the Bay State served as a model for Obama’s national reform, and Romney now runs the additional risk of being perceived by swing voters as re-litigating an issue that already has been resolved.

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