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On “Morning Joe,” my surprise at the campaign low profile of the President’s signature achievement:
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Every dime the United States government took in this past year went to pay Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and interest on the debt. That’s it. Those three programs and interest on the debt. And we don’t have either candidate talking specifically about how they’re going to change that.
MARK HALPERIN: Well, look, one of the biggest complexities of dealing with the Fiscal Cliff is dealing with health care, not just Medicare and Medicaid, but health care overall. I’ve been surprised at how little attack on ObamaCare has been part of Governor Romney’s closing argument, at least so far. He’ll mention it on occasion but I thought it would be front and center. There are reasons for that. The President is certainly not out there every day talking about how great ObamaCare is and how people should reward him with a second term so he can fully implement it. Neither of them, for their own reasons, wants to take that on fully. But it’s a huge part of what the discussions are going to have to be about because if you’re going to lower the deficit in the medium- and long-term, you’re going to have to either have faith that ObamaCare is going to lower the deficit, which the President thinks it will, or you’re going to have to find some ways to change it to have even more cost savings on the health care side.
Watch the video above.