In a recent call with liberal college groups (at 6:14 on the podcast), Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius said, regarding Obamacare: “Now, it’s really disappointing that some in Congress are still trying to repeal the law and argue the results of the last two years.” Hmm. Well, let’s look back at those last two years.
In March of 2009, the Democrats enjoyed a 79-seat majority in the House of Representatives and a filibuster-proof 20-seat majority in the Senate, President Obama had an approval rating of over 60 percent, and, by a margin of 13 percentage points, Americans trusted Democrats more than Republicans on health care.
Then, after plainly losing (at that point) a year-long public debate over Obamacare, the Democrats stubbornly passed their 2,700-page overhaul by a margin of just 7 votes in the House, and (seven months later) the elections of 2010 ensued.
Now, the Republicans have a 49-seat majority in the House, the Democrats’ 20-seat majority in the Senate has dwindled to 6, President Obama has an approval rating of 45 percent, Americans trust Republicans more than Democrats on health care, a bill to repeal Obamacare has passed the House by 56 votes and has come within 4 votes of passing the Senate, two federal judges have declared Obamacare unconstitutional (in all or in part), and, by double-digit margins, Americans support Obamacare’s repeal.
Still, it is hardly comforting to reflect that, in the event that Obamacare is not repealed, the unelected official who made this completely out of touch, Biden-esque statement would stand to become arguably the 2nd-most powerful person in America in 2014.