News Analysis: U.S. Democrats Seek Wiggle Room Over Obamacare Controversy

 U.S. Democrats are trying to gain wiggle room amid the troubled rollout of President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul, or Obamacare, but it remains to be seen how much they can get.

The botched Obamacare rollout will be one of Democrats' biggest hurdles in November's mid-term Congressional elections, and their strategy will be to argue that Republicans would worsen the problem.

While that may be a tough sell, one silver lining for Democrats is that almost two thirds of Americans believe that Obamacare does not directly impact them, according to a Gallup poll released earlier this month. That may loosen the screws somewhat, although it remains unknown how much, experts said.

"(Democrats) know (Obamacare) is an albatross around their necks heading into the mid-terms and what they are extremely eager to do is mitigate its effects at the ballot box," Republican Strategist Ford O'Connell told Xinhua.

"They know it's going to cost them some Senate seats. The only question is how many," he added.

O'Connell said Democratic ads in certain states -- chief among them North Carolina, Arkansas, Montana and Louisiana -- are heavily targeting single women, as that demographic, which tends to vote Democrats, also tends to stay home during Congressional elections.

Prior to their new strategy, recent months have seen Democrats distance themselves from the White House over Obamacare.

Read more from Matthew Rusling at Xinhua 

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