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Howard Dean: Too Early To Force Obamacare Delay

Sunday, 27 Oct 2013 01:10 PM

By Amy Woods

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Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean disagrees with West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin's push to delay the Affordable Care Act for a year and said the problems with the law's website will be fixed by the end of November, as the administration has vowed.

"It's too early for that," Dean said Sunday on ABC's "This Week." "If there has to be a delay, I'm sure they'll be a delay, but right now, they think they can fix it by the end of November."

A supporter of the legislation that rolled out Oct. 1 with a litany of glitches, Dean said Obamacare will demand truth in advertising of insurance companies with bad policies.

"The government has a right to make sure that when you buy something, it is what it is supposed to be," he said. "We can fault the Obama administration. Certainly, there's fault to be had here. I should add, though, the Republicans bear some responsibility for this because they oppose and oppose and oppose. Everything that the Obama administration has to do is go upstream against the Republicans, who want to kill this program no matter what."

"I think Obamacare is, in fact, going to be the reason that we are going to pick up seats in the House, and we're not going to lose the Senate," said Dean, a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Jumping to the 2016 presidential primaries, the former Democratic presidential candidate said if Ted Cruz runs, the tea-party candidate will lose.

"This is the guy who brought not just the American economy, but the worldwide economy, to the brink of collapse," Dean said. "That's what he was threating to do. That is not going to be a person people are going to vote for for president of the United States."

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