Jay Carney: Obamacare “absolutely worth it” even if Dems lose the Senate

Facing the very real prospect of losing control of the Senate in this year’s mid-term election, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said that the passing Obamacare is “absolutely” worth the political costs Democrats may pay in the upcoming mid-term election.

“[T]he answer is, it is absolutely worth it, no matter what happens politically,” Carney told Jonathan Karl on ABC’s This Week. “I just disagree that Republicans are going to have a winning issue on this, if they decide to run on it, because they’ve got to explain what repeal means.”

President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats have been resistant to any attempts by Republicans to alter or delay parts of the law, even proposals as basic as codifying the administration’s delay of the employer mandate provision and ensuring the security of Healthcare.gov users’ personal information.

With the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, Democrats begin feeling electoral pressure, specifically vulnerable Senate Democrats. Remember, Republicans only need a net-six seats to take control of the chamber and, in all likelihood, they’ll pick up open seats previously held by Democrats in Montana, South Dakota, and West Virginia.

Four other seats currently held by incumbent Democrats — Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, and North Carolina — are very real pick-up opportunities for Republicans. The GOP candidate in Michigan is also in a strong position to win, though it’s still very early in the cycle.

Now, the White House may say that Obamacare was worth the political cost. But if Democrats lose the Senate, President Obama’s agenda in Congress is dead-on-arrival. His presidency is effectively over, leaving him with a legacy of divisiveness.

H/T: National Review


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