By Molly K. Hooper - 04/23/14 06:00 AM EDT
A senior Democratic lawmaker says that the "ramping up" of insured people under ObamaCare may help his party win control of the House in November.
Washington Rep. Jim McDermottJim McDermottHouse passes bill exempting some from ObamaCare mandate Government to step in if insurance companies don't offer affordable health care choices Dems fear they made a mistake passing ObamaCare provision MORE tells The Hill that flipping the 17 seats needed for Democrats to control the House is "not inconceivable … it's a tough hill, but I would say it's not impossible."
Many lawmakers were surprised that the White House surpassed its enrollment goals as more than 8 million people signed up for ObamaCare-related plans.
But 51 percent of respondents in a recent Rasmussen poll disapproved of the health law, compared with 45 percent in approval. Regardless, many leading Democrats have predicted ObamaCare will be a net positive for them when voters head to the polls.
Political experts say it is highly unlikely that Democrats will take back the House this fall.