Theda Skocpol of Harvard University looks back at the first six years of the Obama presidency and the political changes it spurred. Skocpol says that President Obama faced concerted ideological opposition in his early years in office, particularly from the Tea Party movement. Skocpol observes that the administration managed to put into place some health policy changes, but says that those changes enraged the president's opponents far more than it satisfied the programs' potential beneficiaries. According to Skocpol, the Tea Party movement succeeded in pressuring mainstream Republicans to stop compromising with Democrats. She says that the administration's health reform law is a major accomplishment and predicts that it will not be undone.
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