Sen. John Kerry is daring Republicans to make Obamacare an issue in the presidential campaign, because he believes most Americans want affordable healthcare — a challenge GOP strategists say may backfire on the Massachusetts Democrat as the election year progresses.
The Boston Herald reported Tuesday that “a tough-talking” Kerry laid down his challenge by asserting the issue of providing affordable healthcare “is not complicated” for most voters.
“I want this debate about healthcare in this election,” he said. “Because I think when Americans learn the difference between the benefit of having coverage and how it lowers costs, it’s like insuring your house.
“This is not complicated,” he continued. “It’s made complicated by politicians who pursue an ideological agenda, which is why I’m glad Mitt Romney, when he was here [as governor of Massachusetts], passed healthcare. I’m sorry today he’s running away from it, but this is going to be a great debate.”
A Romney aide told Kerry to bring it on, suggesting an Obamacare debate could prove a Democratic congressional death knell.
“It’s a horrific issue for Obama. He starts off with 26 states already against him,” Mitt Romney’s Alabama strategist Marty Connors told the Herald.
He was referring to the number of states that have filed or have joined in lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the healthcare law. Connors suggested the issue could spill over into the congressional elections.
“I assume Kerry is hell-bent on becoming a minority in the Senate because Obamacare isn’t popular in a lot of the states he needs to keep chairmanships,” he added.
Kerry called Republican attempts to reverse Obamacare “counterproductive, dangerous, and very, very bad fiscal policy.”
“I hope the Supreme Court will see that in these arguments,” he added, referring to hearings that began Monday on whether the government has the authority to force Americans to buy health insurance.
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