Megan McArdle makes a really good point, here:
Obamacare did very little to accomodate [multi-employer union healthcare] plans. Perhaps that was due to be hashed out in the final bill, but of course, we didn’t get a final bill, because the election of Scott Brown threw everything into chaos. Instead they hastily passed what was basically a draft bill, which had done virtually nothing about the MEPs. The unions supported it anyway, undoubtedly because they were assured by the Obama administration that the problems would be fixed later. From what I understand, they still haven’t been.
Bolding mine, because it shows the event that triggered every disastrous thing that happened to Democrats with regard to Obama. In 2009 Scott Brown was elected in Massachusetts, explicitly on the promise of being the forty-first vote against Obamacare (which would have stopped any future cloture votes cold). This was the point where the Democrats should have shown moral courage and withdrawn the bill. Yes, they would have left a lot of political capital on the table. Yes, their base would have been infuriated at the ‘betrayal.’ Yes, I personally would have had a field day with that. But the Democrats might have kept the House. Compare the legislation of the 109th Congress to that of the 110th and 111th; there is a stark difference in not only what passes, but what even gets considered. Because elections matter.
And so does doing the legislation right the first time. Never pass a bad law simply because you don’t think that you can pass a good law in the time frame provided. Respect your oath as a legislator.