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.
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
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) July 15, 2017
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:
"I learned it from watching you, Dan!" https://t.co/IaYw7Ee3cx
— jon gabriel (@exjon) July 15, 2017
Dan Pfeiffer finally regrets Obamacare. https://t.co/iuLCqlrT3A
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) July 15, 2017
People who either 1) Think regular people are dumb and forgetful or 2)Lack any self-awareness at all. https://t.co/5iijYkWfCe
— Literally Not A Nazi (@Mellecon) July 15, 2017
BREAKING: Obama advisor admits having regrets about passing Obamacare. https://t.co/ZCprJTfRhJ
— Ned Ryerson (@Crapplefratz) July 15, 2017
But that's how we got #ObamaCare
— jtkola™ (@jtkola) July 15, 2017
Democrats ACTUALLY SAID "Let's pass Obamacare so we can see what's in it"!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA, Dude, you're a riot.
— Maggie (@TheBigMRanch) July 15, 2017
Did #nancypelosi approve this tweet?
Or do different rules apply when the Democrats are forcing through a health care bill?
— Chris McAllister (@themanfronUNCLE) July 15, 2017
Dan, do you know what the word irony means?
— Michael Pierce (@MichaelMPierce) July 15, 2017
Oh, you are referring to the ObamaCare bill? You are right. I remember a D saying you have to pass it before you read it..
— SewerRatLaz🐀 (@Lazarus1940) July 15, 2017
This about the infamous "we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it"?
— Andre (@Dre_LilMountain) July 15, 2017