In addition to claiming victory, the President called on Democrats to "forcefully defend and be proud" of the law – an especially dubious order for members of Congress, whose constituents are facing cancelled plans, lost doctors, and higher costs because of ObamaCare. Imagine the response if Mary Landrieu were to hold a town hall event supporting ObamaCare in Louisiana, where over 92,000 plans were cancelled, or if Mark Udall were to do so in Colorado, where over 326,000 plans were cancelled. These same members of Congress have avoided even being seen with President Obama. The request to defend the disastrous health care law is a bold plea to make of politicians fighting for their political lives.
Finally, true to his divisive form, President Obama criticized conservatives for their opposition to the law, refusing to lend an ear to any legitimate concerns. Obama chastised states refusing to expand Medicaid, saying the decision is "for no other reason than political spite." He clearly gave no consideration to the idea that perhaps these states do not want to dump more people onto an inept government entitlement program, make it more difficult for the neediest families to access care, and fleece taxpayers in the process.
Ironically, at the same time the President touted Obamacare, Democratic strategists were warning candidates to avoid using the phrase "economic recovery" because it is a political loser. The translation, of course, is that the Democrats have failed to help the economy recover, and America knows it. Obviously, ObamaCare has been no small part of the malaise.
But as far as President Obama is concerned, ObamaCare is working – an assertion he believes so strongly that he feels the need to keep repeating it.