At NYPOST by Michael Barone --
President Obama went up to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to counsel
congressional Democrats on how to save ObamaCare. Or at least that’s how
his visit was billed.
But to judge from the responses of some of the Democrats, his advice
was typical of the approach he’s taken to legislation in his eight years
as president — which is to say disengaged, above the fray, detached
from any detailed discussion of how legislation actually works.
He was “very nostalgic,” said Louise Slaughter, a veteran of 30 years
in the House and the ranking Democrat on the House Rules Committee.
But, she added, he left it up to Hill Democrats to come up with a
strategy to protect ObamaCare.
This is in line with the standoffish relations Obama has had with
members of Congress, even with Democrats who are inclined to be and are
capable of being helpful.
Nor has he ever seemed interested in the content of laws, even his
trademark health-care legislation. His February 2010 decision to move
forward on ObamaCare despite the election of Republican Sen. Scott Brown
in Massachusetts meant accepting a bill with multiple flaws, many of
them glaringly visible after passage.