Nancy Pelosi

The Hill

March 19, 2014, 02:51 pm
By Mike Lillis

House Democratic leaders are doubling down on their bet that President Obama’s healthcare reform law will benefit them politically at the polls in November.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has scheduled a Thursday press conference — rare for a congressional recess week — to highlight the fourth anniversary of the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which Obama signed into law on March 23, 2010.

The move is just the latest signal that Pelosi and her caucus, who have hardly shied away from the ACA in the face of political attacks from the right, instead intend to embrace the law and highlight its benefits in hopes that voters will respond amiably.

“I think the Republicans are wasting their time using that as their electoral issue, and they will find that out,” Pelosi told reporters last week.

Republican leaders are more than willing to go along. They’ve been attacking ObamaCare as an example of big-government overreach that will limit healthcare access and increase costs — a message they’ve amplified since their special-election victory last week in Florida, where Democratic candidate Alex Sink’s support for the ACA became a central campaign issue.

Sink’s defeat at the hands of David Jolly, a former lobbyist and Capitol Hill staffer, has only reinforced the GOP’s sense that the healthcare reform law is a Democratic liability, and that attacking it will pay dividends in the midterm elections.

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