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Will Obamacare Hurt Sen. Begich's Re-Election?

By Garrett Turner, Investigative Environmental Reporter, gturner@ktuu.com
Published On: Nov 08 2013 09:03:00 PM AKST
Updated On: Nov 08 2013 09:30:00 PM AKST

Obamacare vote may hurt reelection chances

The Affordable Care Act, well known as Obamacare, has caused a lot of frustration for people seeking healthcare.

Washington D.C. pundits predict it could have a negative effect on Senator Mark Begich's (D-Alaska) re-election. But Sen. Begich says he's confident with his actions in D.C.

"At the end of the day, Alaskans will look at my record in total not by a single issue" Sen. Begich said. "The pundits in Washington like to create their own stories because they have nothing else really to do except create stories."

On Wednesday, Sen. Begich along with other Democratic senators had a special healthcare meeting with President Obama.

"The goal in that meeting was to make it very clear with the president that there are issues with the law that need to be resolved," Sen. Begich said. "It's law but there are challenges with it. There are things that need to be fixed."

Things like people being kicked off their health insurance. Report say thousands of Alaskans lost their plans because of Obamacare.

UAA political science professor Forrest Nabors believes the Affordable Care Act may leave a bad image on Begich.

“They wanted him to vote for Obamacare and they're willing to twist arms to get that vote,” Prof. Nabors said. “They got his vote and now it's made him vulnerable; they don't want him to lose his seat in the Senate because than that threatens their majority in the Senate.”

According to Nabors, Begich holds the one seat the GOP believes they can take back more than any other. Nabors says in order for Obamacare to rehabilitate its image and not hurt Begich's re-election campaign, the website has to work and people need to get cost savings along with fixing the cancellation problems.