Democrats made a mistake by passing President Barack Obama’s health-care law in 2010 instead of focusing more directly on helping the middle class, third-ranking U.S. Senate Democrat Charles Schumer said today.
“Unfortunately, Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them” in electing Obama and a Democratic Congress in 2008 amid a recession, Schumer of New York said in a speech in Washington. “We took their mandate and put all our focus on the wrong problem — health care reform.”
Schumer said Democrats should have addressed issues aiding the middle class to build confidence among voters before turning to revamping the health-care system. He said he opposed the timing of the health-care vote and was overruled by other party members.
“The plight of uninsured Americans and the hardships created by unfair insurance company practices certainly needed to be addressed,” the senator said. “But it wasn’t the change we were hired to make” in the 2008 election.
Schumer’s comments represent an unusual public intra-party critique of the way Obama’s signature legislative achievement was enacted. The senator spoke at the National Press Club to analyze the results of this month’s election, when Republicans took control of the Senate and increased their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.
If the Democrats had enacted any sort of legislation that had actually helped people in economic distress, they would have had a better argument that Republicans caused the recession and they fixed it, that they had a modicum of knowledge about how to deal with things economic and they could have secured political power for a decade.
Instead, they went directly for political power and control.
Chuckie Schumer is a new york democratic pig. His collaboration with gay slut hillery in NYC has cost the taxpayers millions and no hope of recovery.
Chuckie has a dark past, his harvard law school days have a color that has been buried from the public. His relationship with organized crime in NYC has been kept under wraps. Never knew did you?
‘Chuck E’s In Love’, with his job. No he’ll get re-elected, but Warren is flanking him and Hillary.
The “fundamental transformation continues!! W/O the internet and yes Fox, no other Network news org would be saying a word about:
1) You didn’t build that.
2) He wanted to shoot him.
3) Unemployment is at record lows.
4) The economy is growing.
We had better not allow the Dem’s and the non-Tea Party Rep’s to re-do ACA.
Chuck is trying to shift the Campaign talking points away from what we KNOW to what we FEEL.
Or, the Dem’s know the gig is up and who wants to be in charge when the BULL hits the fan?
Chucky was on that same Obamacare bandwagon cheering with Dirty Harry and Pelosi de’Ville. I don’t know who he thinks he’s fooling, unless it’s likely the same low information “stupid voters” (Dems) who keep voting for these Democratic con-artists.