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  • Regrets on the Left: Democrats Second-Guessing Obamacare

    Earlier this week we learned that former Obama Administration official Elizabeth Warren is calling for a repeal of one of Obamacare’s many taxes, and today The Hill is reporting that several Democrats in Congress are starting to regret President Obama’s signature health care law.

    First there’s Representative Brad Miller (D-NC), who is retiring at the end of this session of Congress:

    “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.”

    Miller, who voted for the law, said the administration wasted time and political capital on healthcare reform, resulting in lingering economic problems that will continue to plague Obama’s reelection chances in 2012.

    Then there’s Representative Dennis Cardoza (D-CA), who is also planning to retire this year:

    Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-Calif.) also criticized his party’s 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.

    [Cardoza] said he thought the bill should have been done “in digestible pieces that the American public could understand and that we could implement.”

    Miller and Cardoza have the luxury to speak freely because, as retiring Members of Congress, they have little to lose in Monday morning quarterbacking their own party’s policies.

    The Obamacare issue is back in the limelight for more than one reason. In June, the Supreme Court is expected to rule on the law’s constitutionality, and as the election heats up, voters will likely be re-introduced to the Obamacare debate all over again.

    Where do Americans stand now? A new poll from Quinnipiac University shows by a 49 – 38 percent margin, they say the Supreme Court should overturn the law.

    So this bit of “buyers’ remorse,” as The Hill describes it, shouldn’t be all that surprising. But those who are really paying the price are the American people and businesses who have to shoulder the costs of the law — and that’s why it should be repealed.

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    16 Responses to Regrets on the Left: Democrats Second-Guessing Obamacare

    1. RAT says:

      Okay, fine. Then why did they vote for it in the first place? Especially Cardoza. He's acting all heroic by saying he "repeatedly called on his parties leaders…. ". Retirement is another way of saying, "avoiding getting fired."

    2. Stirling says:

      The Democrats just realize that this will be the loadstone arround their political career's neck. What they don't realize is that Obamacare put it arround the democrat parties neck as well. The way that it was passed just showed the dis-respect for the American people (especially the taxpayer, who will bear the burden which they can't afford.) Anyone who doesn't like Obamacare has more then enough reasons to continue to vote democrats (out of office) as long as they live thanks to democrat power grabs over the past 3+ years.

    3. williamcolliers says:

      I was told by a friend that something called "Penny Health" is offering health insurance plans starting just $1 a day. That is some thing we all can agree.

    4. They had to pass it before they learned what was in it! Ha!

    5. Steve says:

      Wipe that fake smile right off Pelosi's face, she is such a fake….

    6. diane says:

      Steve, I thought she was in pain! I know she is a pain!

    7. DCroacher says:

      They are retiring to avoid getting voted out. This way they keep their lifetime healthcare benefits (Not Obamacare like the rest of us grunts) and their lifetime retirement plan.

    8. manuel says:

      Why is there a Lil black kid in the picture?

    9. You think the voters are realizing the bill should have been named the "campaign donor payback" bill as most of them should. Healthcare related stock soared after this passed. They get the cash we get the bills, normal I'd say. We have got to cut the power of congress to take from one to give to another. Get back to the Constitution and what the founders set in place such as the 5% import tariff originally done by Ben Franklin et al. That created the largest expanding middle class and built a great nation. If we had stayed the course we would not be facing any of the issues we are now.

    10. Tyler McNeal says:

      This should never have been passed in the first place

    11. Lloyd Scallan says:

      Obama bribed and intimidated members of Congress to pass ObamaCare. It's only because the life of ObamaCare is in the hands of the Supreme Court do some Dems now say they regret their vote. Don't believe a word of it. If the Court did not take up the case, these same Dems would be slapping on another on the back in congradulations. A few are running from their vote by retiring. Others, like Mary Landrieu (D-LA) are hiding in the weeds, hoping the voters will again forget by the time the next elections roll around.

    12. Bobbie says:

      Incompetence at the forefront. Never to be trusted again! Especially that fake with numerous faces setting us up to dump endless problems on. The feds should be charged with criminal acts upon the people they continue to disservice.

    13. Charon says:

      We should hope and pray the Supremem Court votes to overturn this law. It is an abomination. The reason these people are coming out now and saying they have regrets is because they want to be re-elected, thereby proving that the left feels the more money and entitlements they hand out, the more secure their jobs and power are. We need to make certain that the conservative movement takes over the White House and the Senate and keeps its hold on the House and each of us needs to do what we can to ensure voter participation this fall.

    14. Jeff says:

      What I am so enraged about is the bold face lying that has been done to us the American public. We can keep our current Ins providers if we like like. LIE! The plan costs less than 1 Tril dollars. LIE! It will bring down the cost of healt care. LIE!

      LIE LIE LIE LIE. I am so sick of it and no one will report on those lies. Forget party affiliation. Does the American public enjoy being lied to? I guess ignorence is bliss.

      And then he may win another term with LIES!

      Obama YOU LIE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    15. Jerome Bigge says:

      Making most medicine except for narcotics OTC would reduce health care costs more than Obamacare will. I see NOTHING in Obamacare that will actually reduce the cost of health care. All Obamacare does is to put the bite on the taxpayers to cover the costs of adding more people to those who have medical insurance. We have the complete opposite of a "free market" in health care. What we have is a government enforced MONOPOLY that creates the problems we face. One that functions to enhance the incomes of those involved in the health care field by preventing the operation of free market competition to lower costs.

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