“The vice president whispered to the president when they signed [Obamacare] two years ago, ‘This is a big f’n deal.’ Well, now it’s become a big f’n mess for the Democratic Party and the country as a whole,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.
Democrats, however, expect the opposite. While portions of the controversial health care law — particularly the individual mandate — remain unpopular with the public, the Obama re-election team still intends to hold it up as a major legislative accomplishment and believes Republicans ultimately will pay a political price for opposing it when the measure is fully implemented and its benefits fully understood.
“For the people who are experiencing it, I think they’re seeing it quite differently than was advertised” by Republicans, he said.
Democrats also hope to take the issue off the table entirely if GOP front-runner Mitt Romney secures his party’s nomination. Mr. Romney has come under fire from fellow Republicans and others for instituting “Romneycare” during his time as governor as Massachusetts.
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Ben Wolfgang is a national reporter for The Washington Times. Before coming to the Times, he spent four years as a political reporter in Pennsylvania. His focus is on education and science policy. Ben lives in southeast D.C. and has played guitar in several bands while still in Pennsylvania. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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