Chris Carney Discusses How Lessons Learned From Obamacare Battle Will Shape Biden Agenda Rollout


Chris Carney was interviewed on NPR’s “All Things Considered” regarding the recent offensive by Democrats in support of President Biden’s agenda. The effort is being undertaken in hopes that a repeat of the Obamacare battle and its aftereffects can be avoided. In the aftermath of Obamacare’s passage in 2010, the backlash created an electoral swing that resulted in Republicans gaining 63 seats in the House of Representatives.

Commenting on the topic, Chris said that he thinks the passage of elements of the Biden agenda will have a less dramatic effect, as Democrats have learned their lessons and will be able to communicate with constituents more clearly on how their lives will be positively impacted. He added that voting for Biden’s plans is “an easy yes” and that “Obamacare wasn't explained well [and] allowed the opposition to get out in front of the argument,” leaving Democrats on the defensive.

He continued by saying, "When it comes to what Congress has been working on these past few months, the benefits will be easier to explain. The first part of the agenda, the bipartisan infrastructure bill that will fix potholes and make tunnels and bridges safer, will be easy to identify in communities. When somebody sees the road in front of their house improved  that they're not blowing out their tires or their front end alignments on potholes — when they know that the bridge that they're crossing is going to be safe…those kinds of peace of mind issues are very important to people every day."

“Government can, and in some times should do, big things to improve the overall well-being of the nation,” he added.

Chris represented Pennsylvania’s 10th Congressional District for two terms and was a tenured professor of political science specializing in international relations at Penn State University. Prior to running for Congress, he worked at the Pentagon for four years on strategic analysis of the global terrorist threat, ran the Department of Defense’s Policy Counterterrorism Evaluation Group (PCTEG) and was the “Special Projects” intelligence officer for two tours during Operation Southern Watch. Chris received a Presidential appointment as a Commissioner on the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (MCRMC) and served as a Senior Intelligence Specialist at NAI2O.

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