Rahm Emanuel: I Had Contrary Views On Obamacare

Friday, 28 Mar 2014 11:34 AM

By Courtney Coren

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a former White House chief of staff, said President Barack Obama was open to "contrary opinions" on Obamacare when proposals were being drafted.

"He asked me my opinion," Emanuel told CNBC on Thursday. "I gave him why I thought we should do something slightly different."

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Despite the rocky rollout of the new healthcare law, Emanuel said that he didn't think that Obama made a mistake by not listening to him.

"To the president's credit, he thought of the country first, not party," the Chicago mayor said. "He was not scared to have contrary opinions."

Emanuel said that the fact that Obama was willing to ask for a contrary opinion is why he was happy to help him round up votes for the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

"Once he decided what he did," Emanuel said, "I came into the White House to get the votes to get the healthcare plan passed because he was strong enough and he had the character to ask for a contrary opinion and I gave it to him unvarnished."

Emanuel worked as Obama's chief of staff from 2009 to 2010.

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