“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; it’s less popular now. I think the worst thing that could happen to Barack Obama’s 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., photo) 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 Alabama’s governorship in the primary — and why a Supreme Court ruling overturning the law might well sink Obama’s 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 November’s 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.
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