Skip to comments.Many Democrats Now Consider ObamaCare a Political Liability (Duh!)
Posted on 04/24/2012 6:09:23 AM PDT by Mikey_1962
I think the Affordable Care Act is the single least popular piece of major domestic legislation in the last 70 years. It was not popular when it passed; its less popular now. I think the worst thing that could happen to Barack Obamas reelection campaign would be if he had to spend four months this fall explaining what ObamaCare 2 would look like.
So said former Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala., left) in an interview with The Hill, explaining why passing ObamaCare was a bad idea Davis, to his credit, voted against it, though he still ended up losing his 2010 run for Alabamas governorship in the primary and why a Supreme Court ruling overturning the law might well sink Obamas reelection bid as well.
Davis is one of an increasing number of Democrats, most of them either former or retiring officeholders, to voice discontent with the healthcare law and its consequences for their party, according to The Hill. The public grievances have come from centrists and liberals and reflect rising anxiety ahead of Novembers elections.
The first Democrat to express such thoughts openly was Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who told New York magazine in an interview published on April 15 that passing ObamaCare was a mistake that cost Democrats dearly in the 2010 elections. I think we paid a terrible price for health care, the retiring Congressman said. He also suggested that Democrats should have pushed for financial reform first it arrived a few months after ObamaCare in the form of the Dodd-Frank law and tackled healthcare in a piecemeal fashion afterward.
Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.), who voted for the law, echoed Franks sentiments. Miller, who is retiring from Congress, told The Hill, I think we would all have been better off President Obama politically, Democrats in Congress politically, and the nation would have been better off if we had dealt first with the financial system and the other related economic issues and then come back to healthcare. Instead, he explained, the administration wasted time and political capital on healthcare reform, resulting in lingering economic problems that will continue to plague Obamas reelection chances in 2012, the paper writes.
Another retiring Congressman who voted for ObamaCare, Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-Calif.), criticized his partys handling of the issue, and said he repeatedly called on his leaders to figure out how they were going to pay for the bill, and then figure out what they could afford, reports The Hill. Cardoza, the newspaper continues, said he thought the bill should have been done in digestible pieces that the American public could understand and that we could implement another observation first offered by Frank.
Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) who, like Miller and Cardoza, voted Aye on ObamaCare and is high-tailing it out of Washington in January told guests at an April 18 Bloomberg-hosted breakfast in New York that the healthcare law will be Obamas biggest downside heading into the November elections.
I think that the manner in which the health-care reform issue was put in front of the Congress, the way that the issue was dealt with by the White House, cost Obama a lot of credibility as a leader, Webb remarked, adding that he didnt think the Obama administration had provided enough direction while Congress was drafting the legislation a point countered by Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.), who told The Hill that the administration was super involved with it. Schwartz was on the House Ways and Means Committee at the time the law passed Congress.
Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) agreed that the healthcare law did hurt us but said the party isnt likely to suffer much more because of the law, regardless of the Supreme Courts actions, the newspaper writes. And, yes, Dicks voted for the law and is hanging it up at the end of the 112th Congress.
Leading Democrats who still have a future in the party were more likely to defend ObamaCare. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), who as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee in 2010 had a hand in writing the law, said Obama made the right decision and brushed off the latest round of second-guessing, according to The Hill. In addition, Democratic strategist James Carville and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) have argued that the Supreme Courts striking down the law would actually help Obama in November.
On the other hand, as NewsBusters Matthew Sheffield put it, the fact that so many retiring members are airing grievances with the law and the dirty way that it was passed in the middle of the night via all sorts of legislative chicanery is surely an indicator that many members running for reelection feel the same way. Retiring politicians, after all, no longer have any need to toe the party line, while those who wish to remain in Congress and perhaps move up in the ranks are far more constrained in what they dare to utter. Yahoo! Contributor Roy A. Barnes noted this sad state of affairs in an April 20 commentary: Our tax dollars go to people whose de facto job description should include spinelessness, while only being honest with folks as they get ready to retire.
In an appearance on NBCs Meet the Press five days after the Affordable Care Act became law, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) declared, I predict that by November those who voted for healthcare will find it an asset and those who voted against it will find it a liability.
The party of ObamaCare lost big time that November. And judging by retiring legislators remarks, that same party, including the President who signed the bill into law, may very well take it on the chin this November, too.
The song of the truly desperate.
I only have one reservation about the upcoming verdict.
Divine Providence protected Christians by allowing the version (Senate?) that passed to have exemptions for Christian health sharing ministries members.
My doubt is in the idea that it would be necessary to protect Christians in this way if God knew that the whole thing would be ruled null and void by the USSC.
That's impossible....RATs don't think.
ANY politician who voted for ObamaCare should be thrown out of office, whether they are “sorry” now or not.
You mean to tell me Pelosi and Landrieu were wrong? Unthinkable! Sen. Mary Landrieu (d LA)lit into Sen. David Vitter for not going along with OC. Now it looks like Louisiana can finally rid ourselves of this self serving, generational politician once and for all. The one good thing that came out of obamacare!
What I really like about this article is all the references to ‘FORMER’ lawmaker, ‘RETIRED’ from DC, things like that. Those guys lost their jobs because of ObamaCare, their votes for it, and the Marxist who led them over the cliff. So sweet.
They aren't sorry. Just political posturing by our esteemed liars...ah, I mean leaders.
Of course it is. So what are stupid Republicans doing about it????
Nominating the one other person in the country who authored and signed a similar bill.
Romney will be able to blast BO on this....oh, wait!!
Schmuckie Schumer proved wrong yet again.
Isn’t it telling that Barney Frank and others who are critical, are all retiring from Congress. Since they are on the way out, they are free to speak their minds.
This is telling, because it makes you see, that politicians are not free to tell us what they think of issues. These Democrats all had these doubts, but went along with things because Nancy P. told them to, because Obama wanted this, etc. When push came to shove, they voted for this dam bill, in spite of what they say now.
Heck, if just a few of the Democrats had spoken up at the time, we wouldn’t have this bill. The final vote in the House on this dam bill was extremely close. It passed by a handful of Democrat votes.
It’s funny to hear Obama say that Obamacare was bipartisan, when it passed with exactly zero Republican votes in both House and Senate.
Guess they’re just going to wait until after the vote to find out what’s in it.
A political liability; but they’ll vote for him anyway.
Yes, I think you are right about that. Romney has said something about allowing the states to decide...