If voters reject the Dems in November, it won't be because they legislated too far to the left, or to the right: It will be because they were outflanked by their opposition and didn't get to legislate at all.
Obama created the space for the Democrats to work. He outlined a lot of stuff, but did not get specific in the semantics. He opened up the lane once again for prima donna Congresspeople to drive in for the layup.
The New York Times recently reported that the Obama administration is heeding a list of six lessons from previous efforts to reform health care. Unfortunately, the three most crucial lessons were left off the list.