The rats are jumping ship: 'Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., said he advised President Obama against taking up health care reform following a special election in 2010 that changed Democrats' fortunes in the Senate, saying that he should have instead turned his focus to financial reform.' The outgoing representative from Massachusetts added that after Republican Scott Brown won former Sen. Edward M. Kennedys seat, breaking Democrats filibuster-proof majority, Obama should have backed down: I think we paid a terrible price for health care. I would not have pushed it as hard. As a matter of fact, after Scott Brown won, I suggested going back. I would have started with financial reform but certainly not health care," Frank said.' Barney Frank: Obama Made 'Mistake' With Health Care Push - Jonathan Miller - NationalJournal.com Obama = unmitigated disaster for America.