What was on the forefront of every candidate’s mind this election season? Obamacare.
Democrats have tried desperately to get away from it and Republicans are doing all they can to remind voters how awful it is. That’s why the House GOP decided to attack Obamacare in their ads more than any other issue this year.
According to the Hill, 1/3 of 130 television ads from the GOP were focused on the controversial legislation.
Even some Democrats ran ads this year criticizing the law, though not going so far as to support repeal.
Many candidates are still campaigning on the notion of repealing and replacing Obamacare. Polls show that up to 60% of voters still want Obamacare to be repealed and numbers began moving up increasingly this summer as Election Day neared.
As conservative grassroots candidates and voters remain committed to getting rid of the law, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is making some on the Right angry.
McConnell recently said of an Obamacare repeal, “No one thinks we’re going to get that,” proving he’s not nearly as committed to repealing the law as his passionate conservative counterparts.
Despite McConnell’s back tracking, Republicans remain confident that Obamacare criticism is an essential part of gaining voter support. Veteran pollster Scott Rasmussen said in an interview this week that Obamacare is the “defining issue” of the 2014 elections.
With everything from website security issues to unaffordable healthcare plans and taxpayer coverage of abortion, there’s little for voters to find appealing about the law even at face value.
The GOP was wise to keep a strong focus on Obamacare, the legislation that had to be passed in the middle of the night against the will of the American people.
Today, the people speak.
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