Nobody has been watching Obamacare's rollout like former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD), the man who was supposed to oversee the largest transformation of the American health care system in a generation.
But errors on his tax returns torpedoed Daschle's nomination as President Obama's first secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. After Daschle withdrew from consideration, Kathleen Sebelius was confirmed in his place, leaving Daschle to observe the Affordable Care Act's drafting and implementation from the sidelines. Dashcle is currently a senior policy advisor in the government affairs practice at DLA Piper in Washington, where he advises clients on a range of issues, including health care.
So what does he think of the problematic launch of HealthCare.gov and the backlash over President Obama's "keep your health plan" promise?
In an interview Friday with TPM, Daschle gave his bottom-line assessment: The administration is doing the best it can now, but things could have been handled better. The full conversation is below, condensed and edited for clarity.
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