ABC's Dowd: 2014 Elections 'Not Going to be About Obamacare'

"2014 is going to be about the direction of the country, the economy, and how people feel in their lives."

ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd appeared on This Week with George Stephanopoulos and predicted that the upcoming 2014 mid-term elections will not center around Obamacare, but rather on the economy and direction of the country.

Dowd, chief strategist for the Bush-Cheney '04 presidential campaign, admits to the failures of Obamacare but also chides Republicans for not acknowledging some of the successes. Here is what he said:

Well I think in the end -- the 2014 election, if you look at the fundamentals of the election -- is really not going to be about Obamacare. There's flaws in it, there's successes in it -- I think everybody can debate that. I think Republicans have made a mistake by not acknowledging some success in it. I think they're not asking the right question. The right question is: At what cost? … But 2014 is going to be about the direction of the country, the economy, and how people feel in their lives. It's not going to be about Obamacare.

Perhaps what Dowd does not take into account in his prediction is the fact that Obamacare, and all of its ramifications, will have a direct impact on the economy and the future direction of this country -- and may thus be a factor in voter's minds as they head for the polls.

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