Jay Carney: President Not Worried About Obamacare Political Fallout

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Wednesday, 06 Nov 2013 07:51 PM

By Cynthia Fagen

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White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday that President Barack Obama is "not concerned" about political fallout from the Affordable Care Act because he's confident the law will ultimately be politically beneficial to his allies.

Carney said the president is focused on delivering on the law’s promises and is "not concerned about the politics of that."

His remarks came on the heels of a two-hour meeting among Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and a group of Senate Democrats worried that problems with the rollout of the health care law could damage their chances for re-election next November, Politico reported.

Carney said Obama is not ignoring the politics of the situation. But that he thinks "access to affordable, quality healthcare . . . is a policy that makes for good politics. That's why he's focused on good policy and he believes that, from that, supporters can take heart."

Carney pointed to the fact that Obama campaigned for healthcare reform in 2008 and 2012 and "he won" as a sign that the law can be politically beneficial.

The White House spokesman addressed the issue with reporters traveling with the president to Dallas, where he was scheduled to thank volunteers helping to inform communities about the Affordable Care Act and later speak at two fundraisers for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Carney also said that Democrat Terry McAuliffe's win Tuesday in Virginia's close gubernatorial race showed that "if anything, healthcare worked in [his] favor."


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