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Obama surprised by political cost of health law

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the political cost of overhauling the health care system turned out to be higher than he had expected. And he admits that he gets discouraged at times when dealing with the economy.

In an interview airing Sunday night on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Obama said the health care system itself is huge and complicated and that changing it eluded previous presidents because it was so difficult.

“I made the decision to go ahead and do it, and it proved as costly politically as we expected — probably actually a little more costly than we expected, politically,” he said.

Obama said he thought that he would find common ground with Republicans by advancing health care proposals that had been introduced by Republican administrations as well as potential presidential candidate Mitt Romney when he was governor of Massachusetts.

“I couldn’t get the kind of cooperation from Republicans that I had hoped for,” he said. “And that was costly, partly because it created the kind of partisanship and bickering that really turn people off.”

Obama said the danger of a second major recession is “much reduced” and a great depression is not on the horizon. Still a danger, he said, is the nation being “stuck in a new normal where unemployment rates stay high.”

“I do get discouraged. I mean, there are times where I thought the economy would had gotten better by now,” he said. “One of the things I think you understand as president is you’re held responsible for everything. But you don’t always have control of everything, especially an economy this big.”

However, Obama sounded optimistic about the nation’s economic future.

“I am constantly reminded that we have been through worse times than these, and we’ve always come out on top,” he said. “And I’m positive that the same thing is going to happen this time.”

Obama said his two years as president haven’t changed his ideals.

“But I think that in terms of how I operated on a day-to-day basis, when you’ve got a series of choices to make — I think that there are times where we said let’s just get it done instead of worrying about how we’re getting it done,” he said. “And I think that’s a problem. I’m paying a political price for that.”

The “60 Minutes” interview was taped at the White House on Thursday, before Obama left for a four-nation tour of Asia.

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  • truebearing

    Obama is so narcissistic that he blames the Republicans for having political beliefs contrary to his own. He is blaming conservatives for being conservative, suggesting they don’t have a right to disagree with him. Implied in his warped comments is a right of entitlement thinking that crosses over into sociopathic levels of narcissism.

  • junkmaninohio

    Truth is he does not care what it cost the Democrat party because he does not care about the Democrat party. John Kennedy, Scoop Jackson and Harry Truman are turning in their graves to see what this Marxist community organizer has done to their party. Real Democrats need to take their party back from these leftist progressives or they will be in the minority for the next 50 years.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jasmine-Clark/1785223171 Jasmine Clark

    he angers me. so much.

    the comments on this article are great btw.

  • BarackMugabe

    “I made the decision to go ahead and do it, and it proved as costly politically as we expected — probably actually a little more costly than we expected, politically,” he said.

    Translation: I knew the people didn’t want my radical, anti-American socialist health care scheme, but I was going to ram it down their throats anyway. And I figured that if we rammed it through fast enough, well before the elections, without reading it, we would have plenty of time to weasel our way out of political trouble by the time the elections arrived.

    >>Still a danger, he said, is the nation being “stuck in a new normal where unemployment rates stay high.”

    That’s not what you said when you rammed your stimu-less through. Back then, Congress HAD to come back from recess, on a weekend, to pass it, or unemployment would rise above 8%.

    >>”I am constantly reminded that we have been through worse times than these, and we’ve always come out on top,” he said. “And I’m positive that the same thing is going to happen this time.”

    Yes, we call it “the 2012 presidential election.” Now THAT is change we can believe in.

    >>”But I think that in terms of how I operated on a day-to-day basis, when you’ve got a series of choices to make — I think that there are times where we said let’s just get it done instead of worrying about how we’re getting it done,” he said. “And I think that’s a problem. I’m paying a political price for that.”

    Spoken like a thief expressing regrets for his criminal acts… AFTER getting caught.