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Defend ‘Obamacare’ unabashedly, some Democrats say

April 16, 2014 • National News


FILE -This Dec. 5, 2012 file photo shows Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. on Capitol Hill in Washington. The political climate for “Obamacare” suddenly looks brighter, possibly giving Democrats a chance to fight back on the GOP’s top issue this fall. Democrats in at least one tight Senate race are openly embracing the new health law’s popular features, but several others are holding back. Republicans say the somewhat upbeat news _ higher enrollments, and lower cost projections _ won’t do much to change Americans’ negative view of the health care law. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The outlook for the president’s health care overhaul suddenly appears brighter, and some Democrats are saying it’s time for the party to openly embrace the law that Republicans consider their best campaign weapon.

Activists in one Senate race are doing just that. Other Democratic candidates, however, remain wary, unsure that a modest dose of good news will be enough to offset countless TV ads denouncing “Obamacare.”

Those worries are well founded, say Republicans who shrug off the developments Democrats tout.

President Barack Obama recently announced that first-year sign-ups for subsidized private health insurance topped 7 million, exceeding expectations. And the Congressional Budget Office — the government’s fiscal scorekeeper — said it expects only a minimal increase in customers’ costs for 2015. Over the next decade, CBO said the new law will cost taxpayers $100 billion less than previously estimated.

Republicans already were pushing their luck by vowing to “repeal and replace” the health care law without having a viable replacement in mind, says Thomas Mills, a Democratic consultant and blogger in North Carolina. Now, he says, Democrats have even more reasons to rise from their Login to read more

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