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GOP Triumph In Florida Sets Anti-Obamacare Strategy

Congressional Republicans plan to build on their victory in the Florida special election this week by extending their campaign against Obamacare to races across the nation. Democrats, meanwhile, embark on a large-scale public opinion survey to try to blunt that strategy.

The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: Obamacare Exemptions Fuel House Republicans’ Drive
The raft of tweaks to the health law released by the Obama administration last week included a further extension of an exemption to the requirement that individuals carry coverage or pay a penalty, a move that is now fueling House Republicans’ push for repealing the requirement entirely (Radnofsky and Hughes, 3/13).

The Associated Press/Washington Post: GOP Hits Hard On Obamacare After House Election
Congressional Republicans attacked Obamacare with new ferocity but sometimes questionable veracity Thursday, energized by a campaign triumph in Florida that gave health care issues their first airing of the election year. “We’re reminded this week that the American people are still concerned about the president’s health care law,” House Speaker John Boehner said at a news conference where he also challenged Obama to roll back pending cuts for private Medicare coverage plans (3/13).

The Fiscal Times: GOP Anti-Obamacare Strategy Is Fixed After Florida
Congressional Republicans plan to capitalize on their victory in the Florida special election this week by reinforcing their war on Obamacare. Many in the GOP, including House Speaker John Boehner, say the president’s signature health care plan helped Republican David Jolly defeat Democrat Alex Sink. "We're reminded this week that the American people are still concerned about the president's health care law," House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) told reporters at a news conference on Wednesday. “More people are going to lose their policies over the next couple years, people are going to pay a lot more for the policies they’re going to have to buy at the exchanges, it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better” (Ehley, 3/14).

CBS News: Will Republicans Overplay Their Hand On Obamacare In 2014?
After Republican David Jolly narrowly won the special election in Florida's 13th congressional district, the GOP was quick to attribute his victory in part to public opposition to Obamacare. "Congratulations to David Jolly on his victory, and congratulations to the people of Pinellas County on selecting a leader who will fight for good jobs and quality health care and against Democrats' efforts to rob Medicare Advantage to pay for Obamacare," Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. Republicans have continued their attacks against the Affordable Care Act this year in Congress and have planned to make it a key issue this November -- the Florida race gives them little reason to change course (Condon, 3/14).

Politico: Democrats Seek The Right Obamacare Message
House Democrats are looking for a way to blunt their Obamacare woes. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, House Democrats’ campaign arm, is about to embark on a large-scale public opinion survey that will -- in part -- seek to uncover how voters in key districts across America feel about the 2010 Affordable Care Act (Bresnahan and Sherman, 3/13).

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