It's no secret that Democrats running in some of the ten most contested Senate races in 2014 are cautious in how they talk about Obamacare to stay competitive, but the rocky rollout of Healthcare.gov may place those Senate seats in jeopardy.
Of the top ten most contested seats in 2014, nine of them are in states where people must sign up for Obamacare through Healthcare.gov thanks to those states' refusal to open up their own state healthcare marketplace. That means that voters in those states will be forced to use Healthcare.gov to sign up for health insurance, making it all the more important that the website is functioning in time for upcoming signup deadlines.
According to enrollment numbers released by the administration earlier this month, states that set up their own marketplaces accounted for the vast majority of signups. Of the more than 100,000 signups, over 80,000 came from states that created their own exchanges, suggesting that the poor website performance is affecting the ability to sign up for health insurance, potentially creating a political liability for Democrats running in those states.
In fact, Kentucky, the only state of the ten most contested Senate races in 2014 to build its own insurance marketplace, has signed up more people for health insurance through its website the the nine other states combined have through Healthcare.gov.
Here are how Democrats in the most high profile races are handling Obamacare these days:
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