Last week’s election in Virginia showed just how powerful Obamacare could be as an issue for Republicans. Ken Cuccinelli’s focus on the ACA during the closing weeks of the campaign cut what polls showed to be a 7-9 point lead for Terry McAuliffe into a 2 point margin on Election Day.
So it’s interesting to hear Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to say that Democrats are going to wrap their arms around Obamacare and let it carry them to the bottom of the river like a pair of cement shoes:
Obamacare didn’t harm Democrats in last week’s elections and, in fact, could be a boon to future candidates, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee said Sunday.
“I think actually that Democrats will be able to run on Obamacare as an advantage,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Despite recent issues with the Obamacare rollout and the website, she said Americans are starting to see the benefits of the new health plan.
This week the Obama administration is supposed to release the numbers of people who have signed up for Obamacare. Before the launch, memos estimated October’s signups to be around 495,000 enrollees. Numbers are expected to fall short of that. Far short.
North Carolina – 1 person (and they haven’t even paid yet)
Meanwhile, millions are losing their existing plans despite promises from the President otherwise (but he’s sorry).
To date, Obamacare has not been a boon for Americans at home nor for Democrats in the ballot box. The desperate hope that it’ll change for the better between now and next year’s mid-term elections is quixotic at best.
But if Democrats want to run on Obamacare, I’m sure Republicans across the country will be more than happy to have that conversation.