Former top Obama adviser aims for GOP in tweet — delivers knockout blow to Obama & Pelosi instead

Former top Obama adviser aims for GOP in tweet — delivers knockout blow to Obama & Pelosi instead
A former top Obama White House official aims for GOP in tweet, delivers knockout blow to Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama instead. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Dan Pfeiffer served in the Obama White House until 2015, first as the White House communications director and then as a senior adviser to former President Barack Obama, so he knows a thing or two about how politics in Washington works.

But when the former White House staffer tried to offer legislative wisdom on Twitter Saturday, things didn’t quite go as planned.

“General rule of politics: If you have to rush to pass your bill before people find out what is in it, you will regret passing that bill,” Pfeiffer tweeted.

But as history goes, Democrats broke that rule in one of the most infamous and contentious legislative battles in American history: when they passed the Affordable Care Act — otherwise known as Obamacare — without a single Republican vote.

Not only was the passage of Obamacare partisan and rushed, but then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) wanted it to be passed before it was read.

“We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it,” Pelosi infamously said during a conference in 2010.

Indeed, more than seven years after the law was finalized by a divided Congress, Americans continues to feel the effects of the failed law. Premiums have skyrocketed, health insurance providers have left marketplaces often leaving consumers with just one or two insurance options, people lost their doctors, many are stuck on Medicaid, others have been burdened with a tax for going uninsured, while many others are stuck with unaffordable plans that are often usable due to extremely high deductibles.

It leaves many to question whether the law would have passed if it would have been read by the lawmakers who voted for it, given the extreme consequences it has had on the American marketplace.

Needless to say, Twitter slammed Pfeiffer for missing the irony of his tweet:

https://twitter.com/sarahmquinlan/status/886296250731175936

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