Democratic Congressional candidate gives Obamacare low marks

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MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A Democratic congressional candidate is giving Obamacare low marks.

Just days after the President endorsed Tom O'Halleran in Arizona's First Congressional District, the Democratic candidate gave Obama's signature piece of legislation a barely-passing grade. 

"It's acceptable because it's brought on more people who were uninsured, I'd grade it as a D+ as far as it's ability to keep costs in check," O'Halleran said Wednesday morning. 

O'Halleran, who is a former Republican state lawmaker, said he favors fixing the 2010 Affordable Care Act instead of scrapping the plan. 

His position represents a sharp contrast to his GOP opponent, Paul Babeu, who says he wants to repeal and replace the ACA. 

Obama's healthcare plan is once again making headlines after the Department of Health and Human Services revealed premium costs were going up an average of 25 percent across in 39 states. 

The largest increases could occur in Arizona, where the cost of one plan could soar by as much as 116 percent. 

On Tuesday, President Obama endorsed 30 House candidates including O'Halleran, according to Politico. 

The state's First Congressional District, which is one of the largest geographically in the country, is one of the few competitive districts in the nation. 

However, polls suggest O'Halleran is leading the race heading into the final two weeks of the campaign. 

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