President Barack Obama recently told a Democratic congresswoman that the proudest achievement of his presidency was passing the national health care law in 2010.
"Last time I saw the president I asked he what he was most proud of," Democratic congresswoman Carolyn Maloney of New York said at a Capitol Hill press conference Tuesday afternoon. "I think he has quite a positive record. Osama bin Laden is no longer with us. ... Libya and Tunisia are transforming to democracy, which is important, I think, for their people and peace and stability--the credit card bill of rights, stabilizing our economy, cracking down on abusive practices in sub-prime lending."
"I didn't know what he was going to say," Maloney continued. "He said he is most proud of having passed health care and providing health care to 40 million Americans who didn't have health care in 2014."
The news that Obama views the passage of the national health care law as his proudest achievement could help Republicans make the case against Obama. The law remains deeply unpopular, and Republicans have repeatedly criticized Obama for focusing on health care rather than the unemployment rate and the economy.
Although Democrats are making a renewed effort to defend the health care law, they would like to make the election about issues more favorable to Obama. Vice President Biden, for example, has summed up the case for Obama's reelection by saying: “Osama bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive.”