November 20th, 2013
08:04 AM ET
5 years ago

Battle for the House in 2014: Obamacare vs. shutdown

Washington (CNN) - In mid-October, political pundits wondered how House Republicans could have put their sizable majority in jeopardy by forcing a government shutdown.

Polls showed Republicans getting most of the blame for the shutdown and Democrats taking a lead in generic match ups against GOP congressional candidates.


Filed under: 2014 • Obamacare
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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    The shutdown costs us $24,000,000,000. Obamacare is working even with the technical difficulties & despite what the MSM is reporting. In states where there aren't republican governors & Medicaid has been expanded, it's working! So when you weigh the pros and cons, the shutdown hurt us & the PP&ACA is helping us. Simple as that.

    November 20, 2013 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  2. Steve- Illinois

    The government shutdown that affected literally no one, versus Obamacare which, ultimately, will affect almost everyone. When the employer mandate hits next year, and people get their new rates for 2015, on, or before October 1st 2014, it's not hard to guess what will be on the minds of voters in November.

    November 20, 2013 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  3. smith

    Voters really didn`t feel the effects of the shutdown but they sure do feel the sting to their bank account now. In one year, Obama has raised taxes 2% on all non state or govt. workers. People are forced now to pay more for their health insurance just to keep almost the same plan they had before ACA came along. Dems in office are running scared, C. Rangle`s comments the other day was proof of that.

    November 20, 2013 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  4. Logictox

    I think we can say now that the GOP was 100% correct in their actions. The UCA (unaffordable care act) should be unfunded and repealed. This is a train wreck that just keeps bringing the country down. As of this mornings polls 57% are against it while only 40% still are delusional enough to be for it.

    November 20, 2013 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  5. ST

    In the end Obamacare will win. Who did benefit during the shutdown? None. A lot will benefit from Obamacare.

    November 20, 2013 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  6. ora pike

    SolarCity Corp-along with obamacare another obama huge failure-he has given another company hundreds of millions of dollars-why doesn't CNN put t his on their home page or even the truth about obamacare or the 26 lies obama made to us about obamacare--twenty six lies just on obamacare--how many other times has he lied to us like about the video in Libya. DO YOU KNOW HE IS TRYING TO GET CONGRESS TO LET UP ON ADDITIONAL SANCTIONS ON IRAN-IRAN IS OUR ENEMY, A TERRORIST STATE, A COUNTRY WHO HAS OPENLY STATED THEY WILL DESTROY ISRAEL. Why does obama go out of his way to support gay rights???? find a lady named donna who ran with obama when he was a teenager and you will find the answer or the card carrying communist who was his mentor, or why he is so pro muslim???? CNN WILL NOT REPORT THESE FACTS.

    November 20, 2013 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  7. king

    its about time the dems start speaking on the behalf of the nearly 50 million americans that are on the side of the street, against the repubs relentless attacks on a few million folks that will be incovenient to assure their amerian brother get off the side lines and get healthcare to same them and their families lives. the cbo said it will cut the budget by a trillion dollar if obamacares survives, but it will add 900 billion to the deficit if the repubs are allowed to destroy it. lesson folks america is at a cross road. the repubs want things to stay the way it is because their conservative and their corporate masters want them to conserve the way things are, with the insurance companies dragging the Amerindian people and throwing them out with the bathwater when they cost them too much. the dems want to expand healthcare to millions of people, and keep millions of people from getting thrown out with the bathwater by their insurance companies, someone tell me how the hell is this a complicated decision.

    November 20, 2013 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    That's a bad strategy. Democrats need to focus on the positive, and not let themselves be drawn into a snowball fight. They should focus on jobs, which by the way, the Affordable Care Act will help create. They need to push for major infrastructure repairs, which Republicans will oppose.

    They need to focus on immigration reform as the election nears because Republicans have already stated their staunch opposition to it. Republicans claim that they want a piece meal approach. Guess what? They've ran the House for close to four years and have yet to produce one "piece meal" bill to the floor for a vote.

    Democrats need to refocus on gun control. When the argument is made that we need to enforce the laws already on the books, point out that there are not enough judges to handle the case load because Republicans block too many critical judicial appointments.

    November 20, 2013 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  9. Marie MD

    Obamacare will help millions have healthcare insurance if the red governors stop the bumps in the road.
    the teaklan campaign promise led and kept by the Canadian terrorist, that shutdown the government and left millions without a paycheck for three weeks, excuse me vacation per lee from UT is not even a half arsed comparison!

    November 20, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  10. Marie MD

    Obamacare will help millions have healthcare insurance if the red governors stop the bumps in the road.
    the teaklan campaign promise led and kept by the Canadian terrorist, that shutdown the government and left millions without a paycheck for three weeks, excuse me vacation per lee from UT is not even a half behind comparison!

    November 20, 2013 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  11. Boomer in Mo

    How about getting all new congressmen.

    November 20, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  12. rob

    The Shutdown was brought on by Conservative Republicans to try to save us from this DEBACLE called Obamacare. Regardless of who gets the blame for it the fact that wre are now experiencing the harm of the law the shutdown will be forgotten and the Dems will go down to defeat in 2014 because they all voted for it and lied to sell it.

    Nov 2014 can't come fast enough.

    November 20, 2013 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  13. Jobe

    The shutdown was about the House wanting to delay the individual mandate for a year. Obama did it for businesses and gave waivers to his friends. Obama and Reid refused to consider delaying the individual mandate. Obamacare was a purely partisan bill and now how many Dems are asking for the individual mandate to be extended? As for obstruction from the shutdown more goes in the Senate than the House. Reid will not even bring up bills which thankfully the House has started to do. Who knows what will happen but reminding people every day that their premiums are skyrocketing and their choices are limited due to an over zealous group is going to be on a ever present.

    November 20, 2013 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  14. just saying

    only 17% of the government was shutdown, all 'non-essential' stuff. nobody even noticed which is why obama and his flunkies started doing this like close open air parks to hurt people and make it visible.

    screwing people over on their healthcare plans and driving their costs through the roof? that is a very personal thing affecting millions.

    cluelesss deomcrats think people care about an invisile government shutdown while americans are getting their healthcare insurance cancelled or jacked through the roof? just shows how disconnected from reality liberals are.

    November 20, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  15. Donna

    Running on the government shutdown? But I thought the Democrats were going to be out there running on Obamacare and how great it was? Or was that just more lies?

    November 20, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  16. rs

    Just my opinion- but, a badly executed law- designed to help the millions of Americans without health insurance and specifically a badly executed web page that was supposed to connect consumers with insurance providers gets trumped every time by hostage taking, obstruction of government, anti-government incitement, and economic terrorism- essentially treason and sedition. Crimes with charges that perhaps the GOP should hope are not enforced against them and their merry little band of tea-pirates.
    I would simply love the do-nothing Boehner, or TEA pot Cruz or anyone in authority in the GOP to show Americans where in the Constitution they can overturn settled law using a government shutdown and threatening to crash the American economy.
    The GOP is a cancer on America, the ACA is a skinned knee.

    November 20, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  17. S. B. Stein

    I would think that the Democrats show how the Republicans don't want to do any of the people's business and talk through solutions to problems. It should be shown that they "only want their way or the highway." The Democrats need to show that the GOP failure to work on the ACA and getting some jobs/infrastructure bill done along with immigration is hurting the US.

    November 20, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |