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Changing EWE's mind 

Candidate says Obamacare 'bad for country'

  So where does former Gov. Edwin Edwards fall when it comes to the Affordable Care Act? Depends when you ask.

  In an appearance last fall at LSU, interviewer Larry King asked Edwards — who is now running for the 6th District Congressional seat — if he supported Obamacare. Edwards replied, "Absolutely," comparing the backlash against it to the resistance against Social Security.

  "I remember when Social Security was passed," said Edwards (who was 8 years old in 1935, when the Social Security Act became law under President Franklin Roosevelt). "You had the same hue and cry that it was socialism. ... Years from now, the same voices loud in opposition to it will begin to change their minds."

  Six months and one campaign later, it's not Obamacare foes changing their minds — it's Edwards.

  "Had I been in Congress, I would not have voted to pass The Affordable Care Act, or what many have come to know as Obamacare," reads his campaign website. "I would not have voted for it had I been in Congress," he told MSNBC's Chuck Todd, saying the health care act is "subject to pitfalls which we now know were just bad for the country."

  Edwards' latest position puts him squarely in line with the majority of voters in the state. In a survey last month by Public Policy Polling, 60 percent of respondents in Louisiana said the rollout of Obamacare has been "somewhat unsuccessful" or "very unsuccessful." Only 8 percent categorized it as "very successful."


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