Democrats Express Health Care Law Regret
A growing number of Democrats are expressing remorse over President Barack Obama's health care law, fearing the legislation being challenged in the Supreme Court could hurt the party in this year's elections.
"I think we would all have been better off -- President Obama politically, Democrats in Congress politically, and the nation would have been better off -- if we had dealt first with the financial system and the other related economic issues and then come back to health care," Rep. Brad Miller, D-N.C., said.
Most of the regret has come from retiring members like Miller.
Although he voted for the law, Miller said he feels the administration wasted time and political capital on health care reform, ultimately putting the president's re-election in jeopardy.
Democrats have already suffered defeats because of the health care fight.
"It did hurt us, there's no doubt about it. The climate out there was really ugly because of it," retiring Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash., said.
Others in Congress aren't worried about the impact of the law this November, but former Alabama Rep. Artur Davis told TheHill.com that the public just doesn't like the health care law.
"[This is] the single least popular piece of major domestic legislation in the last 70 years," he said. "It was not popular when it passed. It's less popular now."