Priebus: Democrats Divided on Obamacare, Not Republicans

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Sunday, 11 Aug 2013 11:24 AM

By Greg Richter

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Forget Republican division over how to get rid of Obamacare, says Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. The real story, he says, is that Democrats who are vulnerable and want to be re-elected "have turned their back on the president."

"If this was such a great idea, then all of these senators who are vulnerable in 2014 would have voted for it, and they didn't," Priebus said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."

The media have focused on Republican divisions over tactics, but the GOP has "total unanimity" on getting rid of Obamacare, Priebus said. It's the Democrats, he said, who are fighting each other over whether to keep Obamacare in place.

Some Republicans from the tea party wing are calling for defunding Obamacare in the 2014 fiscal year budget. Most party leaders say that will force a government shutdown, and the public will blame Republicans.

But Priebus noted that 30 Democrats voted against Obamcare. The true division is on Democratic side, he argued. He said it was "very obvious" the delay in the employer mandate is about getting Democrats elected.

"People know what Obamacare is," Priebus said. "It's European socialist-style healthcare, and people don't want it."

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