I think Bart’s a little confused, it’s the left that resorts to violence as evident by the Wisconsin pro-union protests.

(The Hill)After suffering through a “living hell” during negotiations on the healthcare law, former Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) finds it hard, a year later, to distance himself from his pivotal role.

“I guess I’m the face of healthcare,” Stupak told The Hill in an interview this week. “It goes with the territory.”

He used the phrase “living hell” to describe the experience during a sit-down interview with The Hill in the thick of negotiations last year.

The vitriol surrounding the debate was so palpable that Stupak said he was not surprised when he heard, in January of this year, that a lawmaker had been shot.

He was surprised, however, that the lawmaker was Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who is not considered a controversial figure.

If anything, it would have been easier to understand if a controversial lawmaker — like himself — had been targeted, Stupak said. After all, a criminal case is still pending against a father and son who threatened him last year.

“It still could be [me],” Stupak said. “Who knows?”

Stupak announced his decision not to seek reelection in early April 2010, shortly after the Affordable Care Act became law. Stupak was among the few who did not attribute his decision to the fallout from the debate.

The man who became a villain a year ago in the eyes of many on both the left and the right said it’s “not unusual” for strangers, to this day, to curse him out.

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