Democrats are finally starting to have second thoughts about Obamacare.
First it was Chuck Schumer, who openly wondered whether the party should have spent all its political capital on health care during the two years it controlled the elected branches of the federal government.
Now Schumer’s heresy has been seconded by Tom Harkin, the retiring Democratic senator from Iowa. “We had the power to do it in a way that would have simplified health care, made it more efficient, and made it less costly, and we didn’t do it,” Harkin complained. “So I look back and say we should have done it the correct way or not done it at all.”
Schumer pointed out that most people are happy with their health care and only 5 percent of registered voters lacked health insurance at the time the legislation was being debated. Insured middle-class voters thus felt neglected when the Democrats focused on health care, rather than the economy.
Both Harkin and Schumer are liberals lamenting what will likely be the Obama administration’s main domestic-policy legacy. They are both now saying the Democrats blew it.