The Washington Times - December 9, 2013, 08:19AM

Sen. Ron Johnson said Monday that the problems with Obamacare has increased the chances that the Republican Party can take over the Senate in the 2014 election.

“Because of the disaster of the implementation of the health care law, I think 2014 actually does look pretty optimistic,” Mr. Johnson, Wisconsin Republican, said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”


Republicans need to pick up a net of six seats in the Senate to capture control of the upper chamber and are within striking distance of making that happen.

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Mr. Johnson would not predict how many seats the GOP would win, but he said the political landscape has changed now that the Affordable Care Act has gone in effect and people are feeling the negative impacts of the law.

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“I knew forever that millions of Americans were going to lose their health care and there would be millions more, but it was just a theory,” he said. “Once it actually started to be implemented, now Americans are actually feeling the real disaster of the health care law. So we have millions of Americans losing health care, losing access to the doctors and treatments that are keeping them alive. We are going to begin hearing these real individuals, these victims, of the health care law. That is going to have a negative impact, definitely, on Democrats who are trying to run for Senate.”

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