Johnson made the remark back in Decemeber in a Washington Times article.
Johnson also said that the federal guarantee of health insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions is too politically popular to be eliminated.
“I thought that was a pretty spectacular failure on the part of Washington, D.C.,” said Johnson, who has long opposed the law enacted by former President Barack Obama. “We got no help from Democrats and we did not have particularly good plans, either the House or the Senate, and we utterly failed. It was a huge disappointment.”