Obama still wont own up to his health law

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Obama Still Won’t Own His Health Law

By Chris Stirewalt

Power Play

Published October 25, 2012

FoxNews.com

“There was a four- or five-month span. But at that point, we had already put in place the [2009 stimulus package].”

-- President Obama in an interview with the Des Moines Register Editorial Board when asked whether he regretted devoting so much of his term to his 2010 health law instead of the economy during the time he enjoyed a Democratic supermajority in both houses of Congress.

President Obama took a turn as a political strategist in his editorial board meeting with the Des Moines Register, explaining that he did the right thing in devoting more than a quarter of his time in office to a controversial and unpopular health law.

As the president faces increasingly difficult prospects for re-election and Republican challenger Mitt Romney continues to hold a small but so-far durable lead in the polls, Obama was asked to revisit the turning point of his presidency and assess whether he was right to pursue the law that has done more than anything else to endanger his chances for a second term.

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While the president argues that he only had five months in which take advantage of the supermajority, he really had the better part of nine months. And even after that time ended, he pushed the bill through with a procedural trick, not a supermajority.

But after the election, Obama stunned many and opted to back the use of a procedural maneuver in the Senate to jam through the huge, highly controversial measure with a simple majority vote.

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Remember that the reason the bill did not become law prior to March 2010 was Democratic resistance, not Republican intransigence. The president couldn’t keep his team together and then gave up on trying after Brown won.

Obama argued in Des Moines that he rightly used the time between April 2009 and February 2010 to focus almost exclusively on the health law because he couldn’t have obtained additional measures to help the economy in that time.

Obama said that having passed his first stimulus measure and having bailed out and remade General Motors and Chrysler, it would have been too soon to ask Democrats or Republicans to do more for the economy.

But what Obama misses in his analysis is that at a time when the nation was desperately worried about the economy and experiencing deep doubts about the massive federal borrowing involved in the president’s economic strategy he opted to force the issue of an expensive, intrusive new federal entitlement program.

Obama argues that he couldn’t have done anything for the economy, but he sure would have been better off with voters if he hadn’t done something that most of them believed would harm the economy.

And therein lies the central threat to the president’s re-election: the abiding sense in the American electorate that he had the wrong priorities and did not understand how to fix the economy.

He told the folks in Des Moines how politics forced him to do what he did, but Obama failed to, as he has all along, explain why his priorities were the right ones. He failed to explain how the health law was good for the economy or why it was worth terrifying business owners with the prospects of new taxes and new regulations in the midst of a recession.

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