White House wants Hill Democrats to fight on taxes

By the Associated Press | June 29, 2012 | 4:16 PM EDT

President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 28, 2012, after the Supreme Court ruled on his health care legislation. (AP Photo/Luke Sharrett pool)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is urging congressional Democrats to engage Republicans in a fight over taxes, pressing them to go on the offensive after the Supreme Court's health care decision gave prominence to the issue.

White House senior adviser David Plouffe is sending a memorandum to the House and Senate Democratic caucuses saying Republicans are misrepresenting Obama's record. In a memo obtained by the Associated Press, Plouffe said the White House welcomes a debate on taxes.

Obama has called for tax increases on households earning more than $250,000, but has also said existing tax cuts should be extended permanently for the middle class.

The court upheld the law, declaring that a penalizing people who can afford insurance but don't buy can be treated as a tax.