(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that Democratic congressional candidates would win by running on Obamacare in the 2014 midterm elections.
“I think, actually, Candy, that Democratic candidates will be able to run on ObamaCare as an advantage leading into the 2014 election,” Wasserman Schultz told host Candy Crowley.
Crowley had been asking Wasserman Schultz about the common perception that the Obamacare issue had made the Virginia governor’s race closer than expected, causing Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe to lose ground in the final days of the raise, ultimately eeking out a narrow victory over Republican Ken Cuccinelli,
“I think Obamacare, because Americans have been feeling the benefits since 2010, where young adults can stay on their parents' insurance until they're 26, where on January 1 if you have a preexisting condition, like I do, as you know, as a breast cancer survivor, the peace of mind … that those Americans are going to have knowing that they can never be dropped or denied coverage for that preexisting condition, the preventative care that's available without a co-pay or a deductible, those are benefits that Americans have already been feeling and will increasingly feel as Obamacare is fully implemented,” said Wasserman Schultz.
At the end of the segment, Crowley asked Wasserman Schultz: “And just a yes or no, because I've got to run. You believe that Democrats will win running on Obamacare in 2014?”
“I think because Americans reject the Tea Party extremism, they want us to focus on creating jobs and working together, and because they will feel--
“That's not exactly a yes,” interjected Crowley
“--the benefits of Obamacare, yes,” concluded Wasserman Schultz.
“Okay, all right. Thank you so much,” said Crowley.
“There you go,” said Wasserman Schultz.