Murphy race will test Obamacare’s ‘burden on Democrats’by George Bennett | November 14th, 2013
Assuming the role of Pundit-in-Chief during a news conference today, President Barack Obama acknowledged the botched debut of the federal Affordable Care Act could be troublesome for Democrats.
“There is no doubt that our failure to roll out the ACA smoothly has put a burden on Democrats, whether they’re running or not,” Obama said.
Republicans hope to prove Obama right in Palm Beach-Treasure Coast congressional District 18, where freshman Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy campaigned last year as a supporter of Obamacare. He praised specific provisions of the law while also calling it “not perfect” and “a step in the right direction.”
In office, Murphy has voted against outright repeal of the law but has joined Republicans on some votes to delay implementation of the law’s individual and business mandates. Murphy has also signed on as one of only three Democratic co-sponsors to a bill by Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich, that would allow people to keep their current health plans through the end of 2014.
Obama today announced an administrative fix that would allow insurers to continue offering plans that don’t meet Obamacare standards through the end of 2014.
Murphy today called Obama’s plan “the right thing to do,” but also said he’ll continue to support the Upton bill.
“Whether it’s a Republican or Democrat that’s got a solution, I’m on board for it. Whether it’s legislatively or through the administration….the bottom line is, we’ve got to get it right,” Murphy said.
Murphy’s aisle-crossing on some Obamacare votes doesn’t placate the National Republican Congressional Committee. The NRCC this week released a clip of 2012 candidate Murphy voicing support for specific provisions of the law and calling the health care exchanges “the part that I especially like.”
Said NRCC spokeswoman Katie Prill: “He had an opportunity to vote for the repeal of Obamacare and voted against repeal, which kept this the law of the land.”