Clyburn: Healthcare reform law was Dems' midterm undoing

A leading House Democrat said this week that the party's signature healthcare reform law was largely the reason the Democrats were trounced in the midterms.

But, Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) added, the law was worth the political costs because it "was the right thing to do."

"We got in the place that we're in because of healthcare reform," Clyburn told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Monday. "But you know what? … A lot of people lost their seats over Social Security, but that was the right thing to do.

"A lot of people, in fact — Democrats in the South — we lost the South because of civil rights back in the 1960s, but that was the right thing to do.

"And so I do believe that healthcare was the right thing to do."

Clyburn, the majority whip, is making headlines this month for his contest with Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) for minority whip in the next Congress. 

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who's running unchallenged to lead the party next year, will sit down Monday with Hoyer and Clyburn, Politico is reporting.