I suspect that Obama and the Democrats knew going in this presidential term that they had one last chance to cram socialism down the throats of the electorate. The long term trend in the US, like the rest of the world, is away from the disastrous policies of socialism. People all over the world have seen that socialism doesn’t work and can never work. Unfortunately you have a few die hard socialists in Congress and a bunch of useful idiots still that are trying to make it work here.
I think the Obama administration is the death rattle of socialism in the US.