Pelosi: Obamacare's a 'Winner' for Democrats in Midterms

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Friday, 21 Mar 2014 01:29 PM

By Melanie Batley

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says she believes Obamacare will be a winning issue for Democrats in the November midterm elections, bucking Democratic jitters that the troubled healthcare law could cost them control of the Senate.

"I believe it's a winner," the California Democrat said at a press conference Thursday, The Washington Times reports.

Pelosi also brushed off concerns about Florida Republican David Jolly's victory over Democrat Alex Sink in the special congressional election on March 11.

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The highly contested race to replace the late Bill Young has been considered a barometer for how each party might be faring now and in November.

"With all the money spent, with all the criticism of the Affordable Care Act and a 13-point advantage Republican district, we got it down to below 2 points," Pelosi said.

With pundits predicting Republicans will seize on the flaws of Obamacare as a central campaign strategy, Pelosi could have an uphill battle convincing fellow Democrats that the healthcare law could be a strength rather than a weakness, particularly since some are interpreting the Sink defeat as a sign of the public mood on Obamacare.

A number of vulnerable Democratic senators have distanced themselves from Obamacare since the bungled rollout of HealthCare.gov, and are already seeing their popularity suffer from an onslaught of anti-Obamacare ads targeting them in their districts.

In particular, Americans for Prosperity, the conservative political action group backed by David and Charles Koch, spent $27 million on anti-Obamacare ads between August and February targeting at least nine vulnerable Democratic lawmakers.

A number of polls since the beginning of the year have indicated that public opposition to Obamacare stands at roughly 60 percent or more.

That figure is even higher among the uninsured, who were supposed to benefit the most from the new healthcare law.

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