(Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama is stepping up defense of his signature health care law, touting the benefits of Obamacare and criticizing its challengers as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares a ruling that could unravel its core.

Obama will deliver a speech to Catholic hospitals Tuesday that is the most visible sign of a White House effort to shape the political battleground in the aftermath of the court's decision — a linchpin moment whether favorable or not, said Ron Pollack, executive director of Families USA, a consumer advocacy group that backs Obamacare, and a White House ally.

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