Obama No Longer Welcomes Health Care Fight

Days after the passage of the new health care law, President Obama visited Iowa and offered some brash words for Republicans who planned to campaign against it:

This is the reform that some folks in Washington are still hollering about. And now that it’s passed, they’re already promising to repeal it. They’re actually going to run on a platform of repeal in November.

Well I say go for it… If they want to have that fight, I welcome that fight.

But with the 2010 campaign season now at hand, the White House is singing a different tune, the Los Angeles Times reports:

In an effort coordinated with the White House, congressional leaders are urging Democrats to focus less on bragging about what they have done – a landmark healthcare law, a sweeping overhaul of Wall Street regulation and other far-reaching policy changes – and more on efforts to fix the economy and on the perils of Republican control of Congress.

One year after many town hall meetings were upended by raucous anti-government protesters, congressional Democrats are trying to ensure that this summer’s debate sheds a more flattering light on their party as they navigate a bruising midterm election campaign….

The article goes on to include this quote:

“Our candidates’ job is not to sell the accomplishments of the past but to send a message that strikes a chord,” said a senior Democratic advisor who did not want to be identified while discussing strategy. “I am not one who thinks our candidates should go out and sell healthcare reform. They have to stay focused on jobs, the economy and shaking up Washington.”