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Republicans see 'Obamacare' debacle as key to 2014

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Posted at 6:38 PM, May 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-26 15:14:47-04

WASHINGTON (AP) — If Republicans were writing a movie script right now for next year's congressional elections, the working title might be "2014: Apocalypse of Obamacare."

Here's the plot: The rollout of President Barack Obama's health care law turns into such a disaster that enraged voters rebuke him and reward Republicans with undisputed control of Congress.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says the law will probably be the biggest issue in 2014 and an albatross around Democrats' necks.

House Republicans are even trying to link the law to the Internal Revenue Service scandal.

But some independent observers say there's a risk for Republicans if they're wrong.

Republicans could be seen as standing in the way of progress if the overhaul works reasonably well, especially in the states embracing it.