On 60 Minutes last night, President Obama said he expected the health care bill not to play well politically, but decided to push forward anyway.
“So, ultimately, I had to make a decision: do I put all that aside, because it’s gonna be bad politics?” he told Steve Kroft. “Or do I go ahead and try to do it because it will ultimately benefit the country? I made the decision to go ahead and do it. And it proved as costly politically as we expected. Probably actually a little more costly than we expected, politically.”
That’s probably not so reassuring to the five–going on six–New York Democrats who lost their House seats thanks, in part, to the unpopular bill. (Although Staten Island Congressman Michael McMahon voted against it, and still lost.)
Obama also fired a shot at his potential opponent in two years, Mitt Romney.
“We thought that if we shaped a bill that wasn’t that different from bills that that had previously been introduced by Republicans — including the Republican governor in Massachusetts who’s now running for president — that we would be able to find some common ground there, and we just couldn’t.”
Welcome to 2012.
Here’s the full video: