Peter Suderman on Why Obamacare is Still a Liability for Democrats


Remember when Democrats were going to run on Obamacare?

In March of 2010, just a few days before the final version of the law passed in the House, a triumphant White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer told The New York Times that, "if and when this is passed, Democrats will run aggressively on this." The law would be a hit, well-liked and broadly popular, and Democrats would use it to their advantage.

The law passed, but the aggressive campaign never happened. Later that year, in fact, several Democrats ran ads against the health law. Even still, writes Reason Senior Editor Peter Suderman, Democrats kept promising that the pro-Obamacare campaigns were soon to come.