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GOP Attacks Florida Democrats on Obamacare

November 25, 2013 - 6:00pm

On Tuesday, Republicans went on the attack in Florida over President Barack Obamas federal health-care law hoping to take advantage of the laws continued unpopularity.

The GOP slammed Democrats running for federal and state office over the health-care law. The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) took aim at former state CFO Alex Sink, looking to tie her to Obamas health-care law. Sink is running in the special election for the Pinellas County congressional seat left vacant by the death of former U.S. Rep. Bill Young.

The NRCC unveiled a campaign mailer hitting Sink on the law on Tuesday. The NRCC launched similar attacks against Democrats in other states.

Democrats have repeatedly said theyre looking forward to running on the disaster that is Obamacare in 2014, said Andrea Bozek, a spokeswoman for the NRCC. If Alex Sink thinks that canceled plans and rising premiums are something to be proud of, then we look forward to seeing her on the campaign trail."

Also on Tuesday, the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) continued to attack former Gov. Charlie Crist -- who announced earlier in the month he was running for governor again but this time as a Democrat -- for backing Obamas federal health-care law. Gov. Rick Scott rose to politicial prominence in 2009 and 2010 by leading Conservative for Patients Rights (CPR) which looked to stop Obamas health-care law from being enacted.

"Obamacare will cause Floridians and Americans to lose the doctors they like, despite the president's promise, said RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry on Tuesday. Yet, Charlie Crist wants to move forward with the full implementation of this government takeover of our health care. We can't afford Obamacare, and Floridians can't afford Charlie Crist."

A poll released last week shows Republicans might be on to something despite Obama and U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., carrying the Sunshine State last year.

The poll from Quinnipiac University found only 39 percent of Floridians support the health-care law while 54 percent oppose it. Less than a quarter of those surveyed -- 21 percent -- think the law will improve health care while 44 percent think it will make things worse.

The poll of 1,646 registered Florida voters was taken from Nov. 12-17 and had a margin of error of +/- 2.4 percent.


Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com.

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