Another Democrat Apologizes for Obamacare

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 Joe Garcia of Florida says the law needs to be fixed, not repealed.

Joe Garcia, Florida District 26
National Journal
Beth Reinhard
Feb. 11, 2014, 12:24 p.m.

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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