Leading Dem Pollster to Candidates: ‘Don’t Defend’ Obamacare

On Tuesday, the much-anticipated George Washington University Battleground poll was released revealing a snapshot of the political landscape ahead of the 2014 midterm election cycle. Leading Democratic pollster Celinda Lake, whose firm Lake Research Partners provides the Democratic analysis for that bipartisan poll, shared her thoughts on the survey’s findings after it was released and warned vulnerable Democratic incumbents to ignore liberal pundits who say that they “embrace” the Affordable Care Act.

“In terms of Obamacare, don’t defend it,” Lake said bluntly at a briefing hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. “Say it was flawed from the beginning, and we’re going to fix it.”

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She added that the positive message Democrats can deploy for the midterm election cycle regarding the Affordable Care Act would be to highlight the law’s protections against the abusive practices of insurance providers. “Say, we’re not going to go back to the days of leaving you on your own with the insurance companies,” Lake advised.

She noted that voters are “exhausted” by the endless debate over the ACA and they want to “fix it, rather than start all over again.”

[h/t Washington Examiner]
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