Some congressional Democrats have blamed their historic 2010 losses on their lack of campaigning on the healthcare law—enacted with only Democratic support. But in recent months, other congressional Democrats have publicly urged their colleagues facing re-election this year to avoid a repeat of that mistake by aggressively campaigning on the law.
One senior Democrat not urging congressional Democrats to tout the law's many popular provisions is one of its primary authors.
I recently asked Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), chairman of the Finance Committee, if Democrats should be running on the healthcare law—his law—in this election.
“That's up to each candidate; up to each senator,” he said in a brief interview. “My personal belief—I can only speak for myself—I stoutly defend it and I think the court's going to approve it.”