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refreshing honesty from Lil' Chucky Schumer

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2014/11/25/schumer_obamacare_wasnt_the_change_we_were_hired_to_make_in_2008.html

In a speech at the National Press Club on Tuesday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) says Democrats "blew the opportunity the American people gave them" in 2008.

"After passing the stimulus, Democrats should have continued to propose middle-class oriented programs and built on the partial success of the stimulus," Schumer said. "Unfortunately, Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them. We took their mandate and put all of our focus on the wrong problem -- health care reform."

"The plight of uninsured Americans and the hardships caused by unfair insurance company practices certainly needed to be addressed, but it was not the change we were hired to make. Americans were crying out for the end to the recession, for better wages and more jobs, not changes in health care," he said.

Schumer said the focus on Obamacare was wrong because it would only affect a small portion of the electorate, concluding it was not beneficial to the Democratic party to focus on health care reform.

"The Affordable Care Act was aimed at the 36 million Americans who were not covered," Schumer said. "It has been reported that only a third of the uninsured are even registered to vote. In 2010 only about 40% of those registered voting. So even if the uninsured kept with the rate, which they likely did not, we would still only be talking about only 5% of the electorate."

SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): After passing the stimulus, Democrats should have continued to propose middle-class oriented programs and built on the partial success of the stimulus. But unfortunately, Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them. We took their mandate and put all of our focus on the wrong problem -- health care reform. Now the plight of uninsured Americans and the hardships caused by unfair insurance company practices certainly needed to be addressed, but it was not the change we were hired to make. Americans were crying out for the end to the recession, for better wages and more jobs, not changes in health care.


This makes sense, considering 85% of all Americans got their health care from either the government, Medicare, Medicaid, or their employer. And if health care costs were going up, it really did not affect them. The Affordable Care Act was aimed at the 36 million Americans who were not covered. It has been reported that only a third of the uninsured are even registered to vote. In 2010 only about 40% of those registered voting. So even if the uninsured kept with the rate, which they likely did not, we would still only be talking about only 5% of the electorate.


To aim a huge change in mandate at such a small percentage of the electorate made no political sense. So when Democrats focused on health care, the average middle-class person thought the Democrats are not paying enough attention to me. Again, our health care system was riddled with unfairness and inefficiency. It was a problem desperately in need of fixing. The changes that were made are and will continue to be positive changes, but we would have been better able to address it if Democrats had first proposed and passed bold programs aimed at a broader swath of the middle class.


Had we started more broadly, the middle class would have been more receptive to the idea that President Obama wanted to help them. The initial faith they placed in him would have been rewarded. They would have held a more pro-government view and would have given him the permission structure to build a more pro-government coalition. Then Democrats would have been in a better position to tackle our nation's healthcare crisis.

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Mods, please merge this with the 59 other obamacare threads and ban gdog. Thanks in advance.

i know the truth hurts to hear from me - but it has to extra painful for you to hear it from your god - Chuck Schumer.

After the 2014 election debacle, the long knives are out in the democratic party.

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Mods, please ban gdog for insulting god. It's offensive.

How quaint begging the mods? This is entirely new info and WFW is glad g-dawg posted it, so we can stay informed. Don't like it don't post in it!

i know the truth hurts to hear from me - but it has to extra painful for you to hear it from your god - Chuck Schumer.

After the 2014 election debacle, the long knives are out in the democratic party.

That is why they distanced themselves from him and asked him not to campaign for them. He still couldn't help himself in several states but it didn't matter! for the most part wherever Hillary or the POTUS showed up was a disaster for the candidate.

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not only was it a terrible political calculation (like Schumer makes the case) but it was a terrible policy decision as well. The public was against Obamacare from the beginning but Dems could argue "in theory" about it for the next 4 years. As soon as the law was not only passed but then also enacted - it was seen for what it was - garbage.

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not only was it a terrible political calculation (like Schumer makes the case) but it was a terrible policy decision as well. The public was against Obamacare from the beginning but Dems could argue "in theory" about it for the next 4 years. As soon as the law was not only passed but then also enacted - it was seen for what it was - garbage.

Even with Schumer's revelation it makes you wonder how nuclear the POTUS is right now. Not like them to turn on each other so harshly!

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It's pretty stupid to suggest that lame duck midterm elections were more of a a judgment about the PPACA than the two Presidential elections that Obama won handily, campaigning on that very legislation.

Schumer is certainly entitled to his opinion, though I find it odd that he would suggest that the stimulus aided the middle class, or that economic policy exists to the exclusion of health care policy.

Y'all have fun in the denial echo chamber, though! I've been enjoying how ridiculous you are for years now.

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It's pretty stupid to suggest that lame duck midterm elections were more of a a judgment about the PPACA than the two Presidential elections that Obama won handily, campaigning on that very legislation.

Schumer is certainly entitled to his opinion, though I find it odd that he would suggest that the stimulus aided the middle class, or that economic policy exists to the exclusion of health care policy.

Y'all have fun in the denial echo chamber, though! I've been enjoying how ridiculous you are for years now.

Right now you are in the absurd range...when you reach ridiculous we can start enjoying you as well...but not until then!

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Yep, it's been pretty rough for Democrats going against those great Republican candidates in the last two Presidential elections.

Have you seen the Loss's in the senate and congress? How about the governorships? How about state races? Have you seen the country go Red in ways Democrats could Have never managed. Yea, Obama winning twice is a disaster. McCain was horrible, Romney would have been Great. But, ignoring the anger over this presidents decisions and handling of Everything is WHY you got spanked twice and frankly, the next President won't use Executive Powers to RULE a Nation.

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Have you seen the Loss's in the senate and congress? How about the governorships? How about state races? Have you seen the country go Red in ways Democrats could Have never managed. Yea, Obama winning twice is a disaster. McCain was horrible, Romney would have been Great. But, ignoring the anger over this presidents decisions and handling of Everything is WHY you got spanked twice and frankly, the next President won't use Executive Powers to RULE a Nation.

You should check out the Senate seats up for election in 2016, a presidential election cycle that always sees an uptick in Democratic voters, before thinking you have this in the bag.

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