With the debate over health care reaching the Supreme Court this week, the GOP presidential candidates are stepping up their campaign against Obamacare. While much of the campaign has centered on social issues, the conversation has turned to what many voters might perceive as one of the real issues. Rick Santorum has been vocal about his feelings toward health care throughout the campaign, though it has sometimes been drowned out by his religious and social values platform. Here is a look at what Santorum is saying about health care.
* "If we run this campaign, which I will, on Obamacare, if we make this the central issue of the campaign, and we're successful, there's no doubt that Obamacare will be repealed in one way or another." -- Santorum took to the steps of the Supreme Court, according to The Ticket, to express his belief that health care should be the main focus of the presidential campaign.
* While speaking out against Obamacare in front of the Supreme Court, Santorum also took the opportunity to attack Mitt Romney's track record on health care. He stated, "It's the reason I'm here and he's not. It's the reason I talk about Obamacare and its impact on the economy and fundamental freedom, and Mitt Romney doesn't: because he can't. Because he supported government-run health care as governor of Massachusetts."
* In what may have been his harshest criticism of Romney, Santorum said Americans should pick, "any other Republican in the country. He is the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama," according to ABC News. He later clarified his statement to reflect Romney is the worst on health care.
* "In a cruel bait-and-switch, the law significantly increases costs and mandates that working Americans foot the bill through unprecedented mandates, taxes and fees." -- The Santorum campaign website takes aim at President Obama for misrepresenting the facts of Obamacare.
* Santorum's campaign website also describes Obamacare as being partially responsible for impeding job growth. Santorum said "a major culprit is the $2,000 per worker employer penalty in Obamacare, effective in 2014. The penalty falls on employers who do not provide the right kind of health insurance, and, naturally, it discourages hiring."
* At a speech in early March, Santorum said 50 percent of Americans "depend on some form of federal payment, some form of government benefit to help provide for them," and that, "After Obamacare, it will not be less than 50 percent; it will be 100 percent," according to the Washington Post.
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