Rove: Administration 'Hoped to Skate By' Obamacare Problems

Sunday, 03 Nov 2013 12:14 PM

By Amy Woods

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The administration knew there would be problems with Obamacare before the rollout but they "hoped to skate by" as issues began bubbling to the surface following the in October 1 rollout, Republican strategist Karl Rove said on "Fox News Sunday."

"These problems are going to continue," Rove said. "These problems were known in advance, and they hoped to skate by them."

He said while the Department of Health and Human Services estimated 20 percent of Americans would lose their healthcare coverage in the wake of Obamacare, some studies show the number as high as 50 percent.

"That's going to be rolling out over the next year," Rove said, adding the cost of the program "is going to be upside down."

"We're going have a lot more people on Medicaid then were anticipated, a lot fewer people with private insurance…a lot fewer healthier, younger people subsidizing the coverage of older, less-healthy people," Rove said.

On the topic of Election Day on Nov. 5, he predicted a "big victory" for New Jersey's Chris Christie.

"Christie has had the success of being an incumbent governor who has done a lot a lot of positive things and has worked assiduously at prying away elements of the opposition's base," Rove said. "He's going to be rewarded, I think."

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