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Democrats came on strong in celebrating what they also now call “ObamaCare” during speeches at the beginning of their national convention in Charlotte, but enthusiasm waned as the week went on, with President Obama not even mentioning his signature legislative achievement during his acceptance speech on the final day.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said Obama is “the president who delivered the security of affordable health care to every single American after 90 years of trying.” Not true – either on universality or affordability – but he tried.
But the law remains unpopular, and party leaders were urging the president to go all in during his convention address. They wanted the president to lend his political capital to defending, repackaging, and selling the law in Charlotte to make it easier for down-ballot Democrats to face continuing hostility toward the law back home.