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Reince Priebus: GOP to Run Against Obamacare in 2014

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By Elliot Jager   |   Monday, 11 Nov 2013 06:21 AM

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that his party would contest the 2014 midterm elections by campaigning against Obamacare and its Democrat supporters.

Priebus said the Affordable Health Care Act will turn out to be "toxic" for Democrats seeking re-election including the 16 Senate Democrats who openly told the White House last week of their unhappiness with the way the law is being implemented.

Speaking of Obamacare, Priebus said, "We will tattoo it to their forehead in 2014. We will run on it. And they will lose because of it."

"I think, actually, that Democrats will be able to run on Obamacare as an advantage," said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat.

Wasserman Schultz, who chairs the Democratic National Committee, said Democratic candidates would use Obamacare to their advantage. "Americans have been feeling the benefits [of the Affordable Care Act] since 2010" citing provisions that allow young people to stay on the insurance plans of their parents until the age of 26, and block insurers from denying coverage due to pre-existing medical conditions.

Less than 5 percent of Americans in the individual market will lose their existing health plans under Obamacare and these will be replaced by better coverage, she told CNN.

In reference to discontent with Obamacare being a factor in the closer-than-expected Virginia gubernatorial race, where Democrat Terry McAuliffe overcame state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli by three percentage points, Wasserman Schultz told CNN,
"When it comes to Obamacare specifically, Obamacare did not have anything thing to do with Tuesday’s outcome."

Priebus told CNN that the future looked bright for the GOP.

"We're going to be the Party that is fresh and new in 2016. It's the Democrats that are going to be rolling out the same old names that you would expect them to roll out. I love our chances. I love our bench. We're going to have a great primary season come a few years from now," he said.

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