Boxer: Obamacare 'Is a Huge Success'

By Susan Jones | March 24, 2014 | 7:38am EDT

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) (AP Photo)

( - "Never in my lifetime have I seen a law that is helping so many people be so vilified," Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) told a conference call on Friday.

She talked about the millions of people in her state who are benefiting from the law that Republicans have tried to repeal 54 times.

"This is a huge success, this law. I'm saying that. We had a terrible rollout, it slowed us up, but it's all falling into place now and the Republican answer is very, very simple -- let's repeal it and take away all these benefits from people. And that's just gonna wind up to be very bad for them at the end of the day."

Joining Boxer on the conference call, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) noted that the Republicans' "original mantra" was "repeal and replace."

"Well, they voted to repeal it 54 times. They've never voted to replace it with the exception of one slap-dash plan offered by three Republican senators a few weeks ago. In the four years since the bill was signed, there has been absolutely no effort to articulate what they would do differently.

"And so the Republican's plan is simply to take away all of these benefits that have now transformed the lives of millions of Americans," Murphy said.

Boxer and Murphy are part of a liberal campaign, organized by the Center for American Progress, to spread the word that the Affordable Care Act is finally working after a rocky start.

"We have launched the Affordable Care Act Works campaign," Murphy said. "We are down on the floor of ...the Senate every week, holding press events nearly every week using social media to tell the true story about how this bill, four years after signature, is changing people's lives," Murphy said.

"Now that the Affordable Care Act is working, now that we've gotten beyond those early months of technological glitches, we have a really good story to tell, and we haven't even begun to talk about how much money this is saving taxpayers," Murphy said.

"So, I do believe that this is an issue that Democrats and proponents of the law can run on, but if and only if we continue to go out and tell the story of the mounting successes in the law."

Boxer said that "truth is the Democrats' best ally."

"And we've told you the truth today. We've given you the numbers, we can back it up, and we're beginning to hear people really happily get out there and tell their stories," she added.

"And, you know, this is -- I think time is on our side. The election isn't tomorrow. And all we have to do is tell the truth about this law. I am so excited about it, and the Republicans' answer is to take away all these benefits, all of these benefits from the people. And at the end of the day, the people are smart."

Murphy said the Obamacare enrollment numbers have been "robust" -- even though Republicans have tried to "undermine" the law.

"So I think you have to -- I think you have to talk about the success of enrollment in the context of a massive effort to try to stop people from enrolling, and -- and ultimately people will figure out the benefit that's available to them. In the long run, these propaganda campaigns that are being waged won't work, and the numbers are going to continue to grow, even in states that are working against the law rather than supporting the law."

Murphy mentioned Texas as a state that is working against the law.

"Imagine if -- if everyone was on the same page," Boxer said. "It would be really great."

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