Obamacare Impact on Virginia Vote Steers Strategy in 2014
The ads mark the opening salvo in whats sure to be an extensive and expensive 2014 Republican ad campaign centered on the expansive health care law. + reset Americans for Prosperity, a Koch brothers-funded group, is airing ads targeting Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick and West Virginia Rep. Nick Rahall, both of whom face perilous paths to reelection next year. ( WATCH: 7 quotes on Obamacare glitches ) Tell Ann Kirkpatrick to deliver real health care solutions that benefit all of us, says the ad running in Kirkpatricks Flagstaff-area 1st District. The spot targeting Rahall says: Call Congressman Rahall, and tell him West Virginia families deserve better than Obamacare. ( PHOTOS: House hearing on Obamacare website ) Americans for Prosperity is also running ads thanking two endangered House Republicans, Michigan Rep. Dan Benishek and Nevada Rep.
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The Republican pledge to make this election a referendum on the Affordable Care Act just didnt work, Kelly Ward, the executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said in a conference call with reporters. Voters want people who are improving and implementing and giving people access to health care, and not people who are aggressively obsessed with repealing it. Still, Democrats dont dispute they face challenges in insulating themselves against Republican criticism about the law and its faulty implementation, which has dragged down Obamas approval rating to 40 percentage points, according to the daily Gallup Poll , which has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percent. Their risks may rise if theres a rash of premium increases and plan cancellations persist. Democratic Risks The danger is particularly acute for Democrats preparing to face voters in politically competitive or Republican-leaning states, who have begun openly criticizing the laws shortcomings and proposing a variety of legislative fixes. Fifteen Democratic senators facing re-election next year and Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado, the head of Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, met at the White House yesterday with Obama to discuss challenges with implementation of the health-care law, the White House said. One of them, Senator Mark Udall of Colorado, issued a news release saying he had pressed Obama during the session to extend the open-enrollment period for the federal exchanges beyond the current March 31, 2014 deadline.
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