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Axelrod’s deeply personal connection to Affordable Care Act

January 11th, 2017

A boisterous city club luncheon fell silent when David Axelrod described the night the Affordable Care Act was voted upon and how it touched his life. He sobbed.

The political analyst who advised President Barack Obama in campaigns and in the White House reminisced about his time in Washington, D.C.

On that March night in 2010, Axelrod remembers Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and all those who had worked on the legislation gathering in the Roosevelt Room to watch the vote on a video feed from Congress.

“There was joy” in the room, he recalled during the luncheon at Maggiano’s. “In the midst of this, I got up and went to my office. I closed the door and I wept. I sobbed.”

Read the rest in my column in the Chicago Sun-Times.

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