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GOP Candidates Hope To Use Botched Health Law Startup To Their Advantage

Some veteran Democratic lawmakers are being called to the carpet as a result of the difficulties with healthcare.gov and news of health policy cancellations. Meanwhile, also in the news, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie also offers a bleak prediction of the health law's future.  

The Associated Press: GOP: Health Care Law Big Opportunity
In his West Virginia district, the TV ads attacking Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall over the calamitous startup of President Barack Obama’s health care law have already begun. The 19-term veteran, a perennial target in a GOP-shifting state, is among many in the president’s party who have recited to constituents Obama’s assurance that they could keep insurance coverage they liked under the 2010 overhaul (11/18).

Star Tribune: GOP Targets Franken Over Shaky Rollout Of Obama's Health Care Overhaul
The Minnesota Democrat, facing re-election to the Senate, ups his fundraising goal as Republicans mount a new line of attack. Republicans preparing to challenge U.S. Sen. Al Franken next year may not have a leading candidate, but they believe they’ve been handed a gold-plated issue in the tumultuous rollout of President Obama's health care overhaul (Diaz, 11/19).

The Associated Press/Washington Post: Christie Predicts Health Care Overhaul Will Not Succeed
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is a "failure" and predicts it "will not succeed -- it just won’t." The potential 2016 presidential candidate says the leaders of both political parties, including Obama, are to blame for a 16-day partial federal government shutdown in October. He says the effort by some Republicans to defund the so-called Obamacare law by shutting down the government failed and "absolutists" from both parties hurt the process (11/18).

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