Defend 'Obamacare' unabashedly: Dems

CHARLES BABINGTON RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press Published:

WASHINGTON -- Some Democrats say it's time for their party to openly embrace the president's health care law now that better news surrounds it.

Activists in one Senate race are doing just that. But other Democratic candidates remain wary.

They're not sure a modest dose of good news will offset countless TV ads denouncing "Obamacare."

Republicans say the public remains strongly opposed to the health law.

Sign-ups for subsidized private health insurance exceeded expectations. And the Congressional Budget Office now projects only minimal increases in customers' costs for 2015.

Democratic blogger Thomas Mills in North Carolina says Democrats cannot escape their ties to the president's health law, so they may as well start defending it vigorously. And he says they should highlight weaknesses in Republican promises to replace it with something better.

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