'The Nation' Publisher: Dems Should Go 'On the Offense' for Obamacare

Barbara Boland
By Barbara Boland | March 17, 2014 | 1:52 PM EDT

Katrina Vanden Heuvel, the editor and publisher of The Nation, has some advice for President Barack Obama.

Vanden Heuvel, appearing on ABC News' "Powerhouse Roundtable," was responding to former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe's claim that Democrats' Florida congressional loss is "a screaming siren" for Democrats.

"I think it's a wake-up call," Vanden Heuvel admitted. But, it's a call to action, not a call to change course, she said:

"I think any party needs to turn out its core voters. And I think the Democrats need to think very hard, and they are thinking hard about how you go on the offense around not only Obamacare, but in economic agenda."

In a segment that sounded like advocacy for the Democrat agenda, she said:

"Repeal is not a policy. Repeal provides no economic security for anyone. So I think the Democrats need to go on the offense, explain how the Republican Party wants to repeal healthcare, which is a right, wants to take back those policies that would prevent discrimination against women, against people who have preexisting conditions and then lay out a robust economic agenda, minimum wage, better jobs which are being obstructed by Republicans in Congress..."