You think Obama overinterpreted his mandate with health care?And then the mandate would have come anyway once they got the popular parts of it passed. Even so, for Barney Frank to say that maybe they should have taken it slower is an indication of how far out of favor Obamacare has fallen.
The problem with health care is this: Health care is enormously important to people. When you tell them that you’re going to extend health care to people who don’t now have it, they don’t see how you can do that without hurting them. So I think he underestimated, as did Clinton, the sensitivity of people to what they see as an effort to make them share the health care with poor people.
I think we paid a terrible price for health care. I would not have pushed it as hard. As a matter of fact, after Scott Brown won, I suggested going back. I would have started with financial reform but certainly not health care.
And if you’d done it with that sequencing, you could have still gotten health care before 2012?
I’m not sure, but I think you could have gotten some pieces of it. And yeah, if we’d held the House, we could have gotten it.
Monday, April 16, 2012
From uber-liberal Barney Frank, of all people, comes this little nugget: