Obama: Obamacare is not “about me.”

July 18th, 2013

An interesting parting thought from the President’s press conference on the Affordable Care Act:

“I recognize that there are still a lot of folks — in this town at least — who are rooting for this law to fail,” he said. “Some of them seem to think that this law is about me. It’s not. I already have really good health care.”

After the law was upheld by the Supreme Court, Obama was much more willing to identify himself with the law. As I wrote in Unprecedented:

When a reporter from Rolling Stone asked President Obama if he would “mind if historians call the achievement Obamacare?” He replied, “I’ll be very proud. . . . As time goes on, as people see what it does, as it gets refined and improved, people will say, ‘This was the last piece to our basic social compact.’”

Things were so much rosier a year earlier. It is noteworthy that in today’s press conference, there was no mention whatsoever about the delay of the business mandate.