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Barney Frank: Passing Obamacare was a mistake

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By Doug Powers  •  April 16, 2012 02:30 PM

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As the “Affordable Care Act” continues to be exposed as anything but, we’ll be seeing increasing numbers of current and former members of Congress claiming to have been the “lone voice of opposition” to party leaders bent on passing Obamacare so we could find out what’s in it. Outgoing Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank is one of them:

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) thought President Obama was making a “mistake” in pressing for healthcare reform in 2010 and urged the White House to back off after Democrats lost their 60-seat majority in the Senate, the congressman tells New York magazine.

“I think we paid a terrible price for healthcare,” Frank told the magazine in a lengthy interview as he prepares to retire at the end of his 16th term. “I would not have pushed it as hard. As a matter of fact, after [Sen.] Scott Brown [R-Mass.] won [in January 2010], I suggested going back. I would have started with financial reform, but certainly not healthcare.”

Democrats lost 66 House seats in the 2010 midterm elections. One political science paper estimated that about 25 of those losses could be linked directly to voting in favor of the healthcare reform law.

Barney didn’t think it was a big enough mistake to vote against, however.

Frank went on to claim that it isn’t Obamacare per se that is unpopular, but instead blamed opposition to the law on the selfishness of people who already have health care:

“When you try to extend healthcare to people who don’t have it, people who have it and are on the whole satisfied with it get nervous,” Frank said. “The problem with healthcare is this: Healthcare is enormously important to people. When you tell them that you’re going to extend healthcare to people who don’t now have it, they don’t see how you can do that without hurting them. So I think he underestimated, as did Clinton, the sensitivity of people to what they see as an effort to make them share the healthcare with poor people.”

To Barney Frank, no such thing as bad or incompetent legislation emerges from the left side of the aisle — it’s just that the public is too stupid and greedy to allow themselves to comprehend the genius.

As the law is implemented, those who pushed Obamacare are forced to ask “are you going to believe us or your lying eyes?” The public to a great degree is believing the latter, which to the left means it’s well past time for a government takeover of the ophthalmology industry.

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