ABC News’ Devin Dwyer ( @devindwyer) reports: At a town hall meeting on the first stop of his Midwest bus tour, President Obama brushed off criticism of his health care overhaul, which many Republicans commonly deride as “Obamacare.”
"I have no problem with folks saying Obama cares. I do care," Obama said. "If the other side wants to be the folks that don't care, that's fine with me.”
Obama also told the crowd that he believes the Supreme Court will uphold the 2009 law’s controversial mandate requiring all Americans to buy health insurance, despite a federal appeals court ruling last week which found the provision unconstitutional.
Two federal appeals court panels have reached differing conclusions on the constitutionality of the provision, all but guaranteeing the law will go before the high court.
Obama also used the town hall moment on health care to single out potential 2012 challenger and former Republican Gov. Mitt Romney, who supported an individual health insurance mandate as governor of Massachusetts and has since attacked Democrats for it.
"This used to be a Republican idea," Obama said.