Senator Kelly Ayotte called on President Obama to declare a "time-out" on his health care law Sunday morning, calling the implementation of the law "a mess" and warning that it would be a key issue in the 2014 mid-term elections.
"You've seen the problems with the website, but it's much deeper than the website," Ayotte said of the failures of healthcare.gov over its first month, citing people in her state of New Hampshire worrying about canceled insurance policies and rising costs.
Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," Ayotte told host Candy Crowley that GOP criticism of the law was not the problem, and that she wasn't blocking a successful roll-out of its provisions.
"My constituents are writing me, but how can I help them when it's a situation of them losing policies because of the way the law was drafted?" asked Ayotte. "I want to help them," by calling a time-out, Ayotte said, calling on President Obama to "convene a bipartisan group of leaders" to have a "conversation" on health care. Ayotte was not asked to specify what would constitute a "time-out" or what the purpose of a conversation between leaders would be.
When asked by Crowley about the congressional GOP plumbing new lows in recent approval polling, Ayotte again turned the conversation to health care, saying “I guarantee that Obamacare is going to be one of the primary issues” of the 2014 elections.
Ayotte, elected in 2010, does not face re-election until 2016.