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Originally published Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 4:24 PM

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Emanuel: 'Thank God' Obama didn't listen to me

Barack Obama's former chief of staff says he's relieved that the president didn't listen to his advice to avoid the health care issue.

The Associated Press

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CHICAGO —

Barack Obama's former chief of staff says he's relieved that the president didn't listen to his advice to avoid the health care issue.

Rahm Emanuel acknowledged on Thursday that he tried vigorously to steer Obama away from taking up the health care issue. He warned Obama of the potential political cost and the amount of time it would take away from other issues.

After the Supreme Court's decision Thursday, the now Chicago mayor said: "Thank God for the rest of the country he didn't listen to me."

He also praised Obama and told his former boss in a congratulatory email that Obama had the courage to - in his words - "bend the needle of history."

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