Vice presidential debate moderator Martha Raddatz of ABC News asked the candidates several questions on many important issues facing the country, including the terrorist attack in Libya, Iran, unemployment, Medicare, taxes, defense spending, Afghanistan, Syria, abortion, and what each candidate could "give to this country as a man."
But notice what was absent from Raddatz's questions--a specific question about Obamacare. In fact, according to a transcript of the debate, the term "Obamacare" was only mentioned 11 times, all of them by Paul Ryan. Ryan spoke about how the law infringes on religious liberties (something Joe Biden disputed) and how the program raids over $700 billion from Medicare to pay for the new entitlement under Obamacare.
Obamacare is the signature domestic achievement of the Obama administration. It's also exceedingly unpopular and motivated voters to rebuke the White House and vote for Republicans in the 2010 midterm elections. The highest profile case the Supreme Court took up in its last session concerned Obamacare's individual mandate. Mitt Romney has pledged to repeal the law if he is elected president. A major part of Obama's reelection campaign is staked on saving the law from repeal.
Indeed, Obamacare, in the words of Biden himself, is a "big f--ing deal." So why didn't we hear more about it in the debate?