GOP wish: Unhappy O-Care anniversary

Republicans are wishing Democrats an unhappy fourth anniversary on ObamaCare.

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The GOP committee heads hosted a conference call ahead of this Sunday's anniversary of President Obama signing the Affordable Care Act into law, predicting dire election results for Democrats this fall.

"Every anniversary that comes up, there's a gift that goes with it. For the fourth anniversary, it's traditionally flowers. I think the gift from President Obama with ObamaCare to Democrat candidates is not a dozen roses but rather a bunch of prickly pear cactus that they're not going to want to embrace," National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden (Ore.) said on the call.

"It's safe to say that Democrats are going to want to ignore this anniversary," Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said. "The Senate is slipping away ... it seems like every day the math is expanding ... because of ObamaCare, we know that Democrats are in disarray. It's a poisonous issue for them."

Democrats fired back with a new memo on ObamaCare's anniversary.

"All signs point to Republicans running against Obamacare again in 2014. But this year will be a little different — for the first time they are running to take away benefits that virtually every American who has health care is benefiting from," Democratic National Committee Communications Director Mo Eileithee said in the memo.

"That's the choice voters have in November: between Republicans who voted over 50 times to take away your rights and go back to the days when insurance companies could cancel your coverage on a whim; and Democrats who will protect a law that is working for millions of Americans and make sure it works even better."

Republicans crowed about the recent special-election win of Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) and predicted big gains in the Senate, though they stopped short of guaranteeing a win of Senate control.

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Jerry Moran (Kan.) said the Senate electoral map "has expanded dramatically" for them because of the law's rocky rollout, saying it had hurt Democrats' credibility across the board.

"We certainly have an opportunity to have a majority and a number beyond a simple majority," he said.