POSTED: Sunday, November 3, 2013 - 10:59am
UPDATED: Monday, November 4, 2013 - 10:37am
WASHINGTON (CNN) — Echoing her Republican colleagues in the Senate, Sen. Kelly Ayotte said Sunday that the entire country needs to slam the brakes on implementing the Affordable Care Act and re-evaluate President Barack Obama's signature health care law.
"It's time to call a timeout," Ayotte told CNN's Candy Crowley on "State of the Union."
Calling the rollout of the federal health exchange a singular "mess," the New Hampshire Republican said the problems with the law run far deeper than the headline-generating failures with the HealthCare.gov website. Ayotte insisted that, in spite of comments from White House press secretary Jay Carney blaming Republicans for obstructing progress, she is trying to help her constiuents deal with realities under Obamacare -- including policy cancellations and rising premiums for some.
"My constituents are writing me, but how can I help them when they're getting cancellation notices because of the way Obamacare is drafted?" Ayotte asked.
While she hesitated to predict how her party would fare in the 2014 midterm election, Ayotte, who will not be up for re-election, did "guarantee" that Obamacare will be one of the focal points of every race across the country. Rather than say which side would come out on top -- either Republicans bashing the fraught rollout or Democrats blaming the GOP for setting up roadblocks to implementing the law -- Ayotte said Americans "are rightly frustrated with both sides of the aisle" and would look favorably upon lawmakers who sought a way to compromise and fix the law.