The Washington Times - October 31, 2013, 08:51AM

Sen. John Thune, South Dakota Republican, said Thursday that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ testimony before Congress the day before went “as well as could be expected.”

“The website will be fixed, but things that will be harder to defend are canceled policies [and] insurance premiums increasing,” he said on MSNBC.

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The main issue facing President Obama, however, is the broken promises about people being able to keep their health care plan if they like it, he said.

“It would have been very easy for the president to make that point,” he said. “I just think the way this was rolled out, the rhetoric around it, the narrative around it now is completely being undermined … and it’s the opportunity for Republicans to not only attack this but say we have another way.”

He also advised Republicans to focus on issues such as improving the economy and adding jobs that the party can rally behind, rather than issues that Democrats want to bring up, such as immigration, which could divide the party.

“We need to stay focused on the message that, I think, is a winning one with the American people and bring those poll numbers back up,” he said.