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Another Democrat Apologizes for Obamacare

Rep. Joe Garcia of Florida says the law needs to be fixed, not repealed.

photo of Beth Reinhard
February 11, 2014

Another day, another Democratic apology for Obamacare.

The latest comes from a television ad to be launched Wednesday to defend Miami Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia from an anti-Obamacare attack that's part of a $27 million Americans for Prosperity onslaught.

 

So does the Democratic super PAC paying for the response, House Majority PAC, come back with a resounding defense of President Obama's health care law, pointing to the 158,000 Floridians who have gained insurance?

Nope.

Garcia, elected to Congress in 2012 after the health care law was signed, "is working to fix Obamacare," says the $90,000 spot. "He voted to let you keep your existing health care plan and took the White House to task for the disastrous health care website."

The apologetic approach toward Obamacare is based on polls that show voters are more interested in fixing the law than repealing it. A number of Democrats have responded to anti-Obamacare attacks with television ads that either change the subject or agree that the law is problematic.

"The Koch brothers have spent unprecedented early sums to mislead South Florida voters about Joe Garcia and his record," said Andy Stone, spokesman for House Majority PAC. "House Majority PAC won't let these attacks go unanswered."

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