Republicans mark Obamacare anniversary with renewed attacks

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DENVER -- Republicans gleefully celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act's implementation by hammering Democrats who supported the law and promised Americans they'd be able to keep their existing plans and doctors under it.

A video from the National Republican Senatorial Committee splices together clips of nearly every vulnerable Democrat and President Obama stating over and over again, "If you like your plan, you can keep it" -- a promise Politifact later dubbed the "lie of the year."

Interestingly, it doesn't feature a quote from Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, whose race is among five pure toss-ups that could decide which party controls the Senate next year, who is merely referenced in the video.

"Over the past six years Barack Obama and Washington Democrats have proven that they not only don't have the right solutions to get America growing again, but they lack the credibility to be trusted to keep their promises," said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen.

While the issue of Obamacare hasn't defined the 2014 cycle, it makes sense that Republicans continue to harp on it, given the law's unpopularity; 47 percent of Americans have a negative view of the law, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll, compared to 33 percent who have a positive view of it.

But a majority of the 7.3 million people who have purchased plans on state or federal exchanges say they're satisfied with their coverage.

According to the Kaiser Foundation's survey, 46 percent of respondents said they ended up paying less for their policies under Obamacare, while just 39 percent said they were paying more and 15 percent said they were paying the same.

The next open enrollment period begins in a few weeks and advocates are already bracing for more glitches like those that affected last year's bumpy roll-out.

Colorado's GOP Senate candidate, Congressman Cory Gardner, released a statement Wednesday lamenting the cancellation notices received by Coloradans, most of whom were also offered options to renew slightly different plans that complied with new Obamacare coverage mandates.

"More than 340,000 Coloradans, including my family, have had their health insurance plans canceled," said Gardner, who declined again to release more information about his cancelled plan or to corrobate his claim that his premiums more than doubled under the law during an interview with FOX31 Denver last Sunday.

"Now it's being reported that at least 50,000 more cancellations are on the way in states including Colorado. Senator Udall lied to Coloradans when he promised their premiums would significantly decrease and that they could keep their plans and doctors--it simply wasn't true. We deserve better.

"In the Senate, I'll fight for real health care solutions like allowing the purchase of insurance across state lines, bolstering states' high-risk pools to provide for those with pre-existing conditions, and allowing greater use of health savings accounts, among other ideas," Gardner continued.

"No one is advocating for a return to the old broken system, but replacing one failed policy with another isn't going to solve any problems and isn't going to help Colorado families working harder every day to make ends meet. I look forward to working with anyone committed to enacting meaningful health care reform and keeping faith with the promises they've made to the American people."

Udall campaign focuses on 'anniversary' of GOP's government shutdown

Udall's campaign chose to refer to the Oct. 1 anniversary as "the one-year anniversary of when "Congressman Gardner and his radical Tea Party allies irresponsibly shut down the government – just to prove a political point."

House Republicans including Gardner opted to shut down the government for 16 days last October, following a strategy devised by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and other conservative firebrands in a quixotic attempt to prevent Obamacare from being implemented.

Udall has criticized Gardner for going along with the shutdown just weeks after Colorado was devastated by catastrophic floods and heavily dependent on federal disaster relief.

Udall's campaign noted that Colorado had to pay between $40-80,000 per day to cover the cost of having the National Guard continue its work in the state when the government was shut down.

"Congressman Gardner put politics ahead of the best interests of Coloradans when he recklessly and repeatedly aligned with Tea Party radicals to shut down the government, all just to make a political spectacle," Udall for Colorado spokesperson Kristin Lynch said in a campaign press release.

"Coloradans deserve better."