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Republicans making ‘Obamacare’ their next target

October 20, 2013 • Business


In this photo taken Oct. 18, 2013, self-employed photographer Michael Weaver works the sidelines of a high school football game in Jerseyville, Ill. “We need to stop the arguing and move forward to make it work.” It took him about a week and half of visits to the healthcare.gov website toopen an account and apply for a tax credit that will reduce his premiums. He’s still browsing the site to decide which insurance plan to select, but says it sure beats providing page after page of personal health information to insurance companies. (AP Photo/Michael Thomas)

WASHINGTON (AP) — “Obamacare” escaped unharmed from the government shutdown Republicans hoped would stop it, but just as quickly they have opened a new line of attack — one handed to them by the administration itself.

While Congress was arguing, President Barack Obama’s plan to expand coverage for the uninsured suffered a self-inflicted wound. A computer system seemingly designed by gremlins gummed up the first open enrollment season. After nearly three weeks, it’s still not fixed.

Republicans hope to ride that and other defects they see in the law into the 2014 congressional elections. Four Democratic senators are facing re-election for the first time since they voted for the Affordable Care Act, and their defeat is critical to GOP aspirations for a Senate majority.

Democrats say that’s just more wishful thinking, if not obsession.

Although Obama’s law remains divisive, only 29 percent of the public favors its complete repeal, according to a recent Gallup poll. The business-oriented wing of the Republican party wants to move on to other Login to read more

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