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Politics Obama book excerpt: 'Hard to deny my overconfidence' during early health care discussions

14:30  26 october  2020
14:30  26 october  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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President Obama in the Oval Office as a vote on the Affordable Care Act approached. During the nineteen-seventies and early eighties, this patchwork system functioned well enough, with roughly eighty per When I think back to those early conversations, it’s hard to deny my overconfidence .

There were a number of different health care reforms proposed during the Obama administration. Key reforms address cost and coverage and include obesity, prevention and treatment of chronic conditions, defensive medicine or tort reform, incentives that reward more care instead of better care

Former President Barack Obama says in an excerpt of his new book that he was overconfident in his chances of passing health care legislation in the early days of his presidency.

Barack Obama wearing a suit and tie: Obama book excerpt: 'Hard to deny my overconfidence' during early health care discussions © Screenshot Obama book excerpt: 'Hard to deny my overconfidence' during early health care discussions

Obama explains in an excerpt of "A Promised Land" published by The New Yorker why he failed to understand the level of resistance he would face in his fight to pass the Affordable Care Act, citing Americans' wariness of Washington and the 2008 economic recession.

"When I think back to those early conversations, it's hard to deny my overconfidence," the former president writes. "I was convinced that the logic of health-care reform was so obvious that even in the face of well-organized opposition I could rally the American people's support."

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Political discussion requires varied opinions. They know they can't defend shit like cutting down on early voting times or specifically shutting down voting My father had discovered Fox News and I was a fresh undergrad with the arrogant overconfidence that can only exist in the young or the deranged.

During the Obama presidency, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives took dozens of symbolic votes to repeal the law and provoked a partial government shutdown over the issue. After repeated legal challenges, in 2012 the US Supreme Court declared Obamacare constitutional.

"As for the political hazards that Axe and Rahm worried about, the recession virtually guaranteed that my poll numbers were going to take a hit anyway. Being timid wouldn't change that reality," he continued, referring to top aides David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel. "Even if it did, passing up a chance to help millions of people just because it might hurt my reelection prospects-well, that was exactly the kind of myopic, self-preserving behavior I'd vowed to reject."

The president's health care plan became one of the signature accomplishments of his two-term presidency. While widely supported by Democrats, it has faced criticism from Republicans and the progressive wing of his party. Supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have lobbied for a public option to insure more Americans.

Republicans attempted a partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act in 2017 but failed in a dramatic Senate vote when the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) cast the deciding vote to defeat his own party's bill.

Obama's memoir will be released in November.

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