Democratic National Committee chair and Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz told CNN this weekend that House Democrats would run--and win--in 2014 by embracing the Affordable Care Act.
“I think actually that Democrats will be able to run on Obamacare as an advantage,” Wasserman Schultz said.
But Republican House candidate Elise Stefanik of upstate New York disagrees. In an op-ed for the Watertown Daily Times, Stefanik targeted her Democratic opponent, sitting congressman Bill Owens, for his support of the law:
U.S. Rep. Bill Owens voted to pass an early version of ObamaCare on the first day after he was sworn into office. This was the first major vote he took as a member of Congress, and it was one of the key deciding votes that led to ObamaCare’s passage. Millions of Americans are just now receiving cancelations in the mail and realizing the “promise” from the president and the Democrats in Congress was a complete misrepresentation of the truth.
Votes like this matter, and hardworking families are being forced to pay more for their health insurance because of this vote. Small businesses are being forced to cut hours and lay off workers because of this vote.
It is a stark reminder that votes matter. And on the biggest vote at the most important time, Bill Owens voted against the interests of his constituents.
Even worse, Rep. Owens continues to vote to implement ObamaCare at virtually every opportunity. He has had more than 40 opportunities to repeal or modify this disastrous law and instead has continued to vote to implement it.
But notably, Rep. Owens did take the opportunity to vote for subsidies for members of Congress and their staffs and voted to delay ObamaCare for big business. In doing so, he hurt small businesses like ours and hardworking families in the north country.