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Sen. Barrasso: Obamacare failures will hurt Democrats in 2014 elections

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Congressional Democrats will likely face a tough re-election cycle as ominous reports have emerged about the implementation of President Obama’s signature healthcare act.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius admitted last month that health care premiums will rise as insurance companies prepare for the full implementation of the law that will begin in 2014 and a recent study showed that the cost of medical claims under the new law could rise by an average of 32 percent.

The doubt surrounding President Obama’s signature health care law is only likely to increase as more reforms will be implemented in 2014. The Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter noted that Obamacare could be the “sleeper issue” of 2014 adding that “plenty of Democrats who are worried that the roll-out will fall flat, or worse.”

Sen. John Barrasso R-Wy. explained in an interview with the Washington Examiner that it will likely be a tough slog for many congressional Democrats as they face re-election in 2014, since Republicans, Democrats, and Independents increasingly voice concerns about the law.

“People are going to see how it impacts their life. If they’re seeing that they are paying more and having a harder time finding a doctor to care for them, I would expect that they are going to want to take it out on the people that forced this upon them and they’ll have an opportunity in the 2014 election.” Barrasso explained.

Democrats have already signaled their unhappiness with some of the provisions – many of them voting last month to repeal the medical device tax used to fund the measure.

But Barrasso believes that it’s too late for Democrats to have it both ways.

“Those people that voted for it are going to have to stand on their record, they voted for it and its now the law but now they seem to be against it,” he said.

Many Republicans facing re-election, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have already made their opposition to Obamacare a signature issue in their campaigns.

Barrasso said that Republicans will continue to try to dismantle the law.

“We’re going to continue to try to take it apart piece by piece,” Barrasso said, noting that Republicans are planning to examine the role of the independent payment advisory board (IPAB).

“To me that’s a rationing board for healthcare,” Barrasso explained.

Meanwhile, Democrats will have no choice but to defend President Obama’s most monumental legislation.

“This health care law is the president’s signature piece of legislation and it is going to be indelibly connected to this president and his administration,” Barasso said. “His legacy is going to be determined by the failure or success of it.”

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