CHICAGO – Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday called the healthcare decision “historic,” noting that presidents from both parties for decades before Obama tried and failed to expand medical coverage.
As Obama’s chief of staff at the beginning of the term, Emanuel was a key player in passing the law through Congress, where he previously served.
It’s a good thing the president ignored his warnings about the political peril of wading into health care, Emanuel told reporters.
“I gave him my advice. I told him many times (about) the political cost of doing this,” Emanuel said. “And thank God for the country, he didn’t listen to me.”