House Speaker John Boehner suggested the Republican Party's long-standing opposition to President Obama's health care law will again be a central campaign strategy during the fall's congressional elections.
"There aren't enough jobs out there, we're not expanding the economy, wages aren't increasing, and it's because of the president's policies," the Ohio Republican said during his weekly briefing with reporters. "Chief amongst those policies that are hurting the economy is the issue of Obamacare."
Boehner said public dissatisfaction with the president's economic agenda — particularly his health care law -- helped propel Republican David Jolly to a narrow victory over Democrat Alex Sink in Tuesday's special election in Florida's 13th Congressional District.
"Don't underestimate the amount of impact that Obamacare is having on the job market," the speaker said.
But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., scoffed at the notion that the Affordable Care Act doomed Sink, who lost to Jolly by two percentage points in the historically Republican St. Petersburg-area district.
Sink "said it just right. There are many good things about the Affordable Care Act that are good for the health and well-being of the American people," Pelosi said. "There are some things that need to be fixed. Let's do that."
Pelosi added that Democratic candidates should "absolutely not" shy away from campaigning in support of the health care law.
"I'm very proud of our House Democrats and how they have not only embraced the Affordable Care Act that they helped create … but how proud they are of it," she said. "Republicans are wasting their time using that as their electoral issue, and they will find that out."