Florida had a special election for Congress in the 13th District. Republican David Jolly was pretty happy to win over Democrat Alex Sink, whose candidacy, you know, sunk. The New York Times said this is “an expensive triumph in the GOP fight against President Obama’s health care plan (and it) will embolden Republicans as they head into the midterm election and bolster their message that the nation disapproves of the Affordable Care Act and President Obama’s leadership” The Brookings Institute said of this contest “The Florida election is a test case of the power of Obamacare…Democrats put a lot of effort into winning this race, and the loss suggests this will be a tough fall for the national party” The New York Times said the win is “devastating at a time when Democrats are desperate to change the prevailing story line that 2014 could cost them the Senate, with the House already out of reach” Of course, it may be too much to consider as Politico reports “Democrats can’t even agree whether Obamacare was the reason for their crushing loss” The Wall Street Journal suggests that the ACA is likely to hurt Democrats in competitive races this fall, but for the GOPO to further capitalize on the issue, Republicans should draw up legislation that both highlights and remedies perceived flaws in the law…so the GOP should craft legislation
Florida casts ACA sunshine – will it continue to play – can Florida decide another election?
May 5, 2014