Dan Rather Says Passage of ObamaCare "Will be in the First Paragraph of President Obama's Obituary" - Video
Here is video of former CBS News anchor Dan Rather talking to MSNBC's Rachel Maddow where he said that if President Obama is able to get ObamaCare passed and signed into law - as it now looks will happen tonight - "I expect it will be in the first paragraph of President Obama`s obituary, that he passed health care reform."
Here's the more complete transcript of what Rather said:
"No question about it. I think it — not seems to be, I think it will be. It will be the signature achievement of this first term, perhaps the only term, but a signature achievement of President Obama`s this term. And whether one likes it or not, disagrees with it or not, it takes up the line that started with Social Security, ran through Medicare and Medicaid, which was passed more than 40 years ago, 45 years ago, and it will be put in that category.
And if it passes, and if it is put into effect, I expect it will be in the first paragraph of President Obama`s obituary, that he passed health care reform, partly because so many presidents — President Johnson was successful, but President Nixon had a run at this, just about every president with the possibility exception of Gerry Ford, has at least thought about trying something along these lines. I don`t mean this specific bill, but to get some kind of health care reform."